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On hold1930s Art Deco Bead Necklace - Hand Carved Early Plastic

This necklace has all the elements that are looked for in great early plastic Bakelite era jewellery.  First we have lots of different sized and shaped creamy beige beads in tones to replicate natural horn and mid red coloured beads to imitate coral.  There are rounds, large and small, and an unusual cone shape. The larger beads in both colours have been intricately carved with circular and slash cut motifs and the tinier spacer beads have been left plain. The beads are all made from an early milk-based plastic known as casein or galilith.  The largest central carved bead is 1.5 cms in diameter whilst the smallest beads on this necklace are almost half a centimetre in diameter. This Art Deco bead necklace has been graduated throughout.  Fastening with a sturdy, chunky brass roll clasp this necklace is in very good condition.  It measures approximately 16.5 inches in length including the clasp.     My guess is that this is a continental European necklace ( possibly from France) dating from the early to mid 1930s.  It has style and is rare and beautiful.  This art deco period necklace would be a super addition to a collection of early plastics and bakelite jewelry and would appeal to anyone who collects interesting beads.  It would be equally at home as a treasured and wearable vintage necklace.


Designer or Brand: No, this is a 'one off' hand carved item

Condition: Very Good

Style: Tribal, Art Deco

Decade:  1930s

Era: Vintage (1920’s - 1980’s)

Type: Bead Necklace

Material: Early Plastic Casein

Colours: Red and Creamy Beige

On hold1930s Art Deco Bead Necklace - Hand Carved   Early Plastic

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