Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Granny's Lost Trinket

Historical plastic doesn't get more puzzling than this black rarity on a silver dish. The Bakelite is carved into a partial view of two flowers. The metal base is a leaden nugget, which makes this a contender for the heaviest button I own. I'm pretty sure this button could knock someone's teeth out, even if you threw it with the arm strength of an anemic girl scout. Due to the vaguely art nouveau design on the metalwork, I have a theory that this old relic was churned out as early as 1919 or the start of the 1920'saround the time that Bakelite first started appearing in marketplaces. If I'm not mistaken, this button is nearly a hundred years old.

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