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Bangle Bracelets

TitleBangle Bracelets
Object NameBangle Bracelets
DescriptionEarth tone bangle bracelets. Two have a metal hinge to clasp bangle around wrist. In 1934 Modern Plastics magazine estimated that 50% to 70% of all costume jewelry produced in the U.S. was made of cast phenolic (popularly known as cast Bakelite), now widely sought after by collectors of both jewelry and plastics. Most bracelets were made by slicing cast phenolic tubes into rings of chosen widths. These could be smoothed and finished by hand or in tumbling machines. Carving was done with both hand and power tools. Bangle bracelets of different colors or patterns, as in the example with black and white zigzag patterns, could be made by bonding cuts from different tubes.
Date Manufacturedca. 1930s
MaterialPhenol Formaldehyde (PF)
Manufacturing ProcessCast, cut and polished or carved
Number of Objects11
Accession Number2009_079.054
DonorGift of Lawrence J. Broutman
Broad SubjectClothing, Jewelry and Accessories
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