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One of the first things that I ever sold on eBay was a vintage radio that had been sitting around the house for a long time. I had picked it up at an auction in Buffalo and although I was not a newbie to buying and selling antique and vintage items, it was the first time that I had sold anything to anyone outside of the old neighborhood. For a few years after that, I went into a frenzy; scouring flea markets, estate sales, yard and garage sales in search of more vintage radios and then rotary phones that I could sell on eBay.
Bakelite is a generic term for the scientific compound phenolic resin, which was invented by the Belgian born Dr. Leo Baekeland. This material that was popularly used in the early 20ís through the 40ís is made of carbolic acid and formaldehyde and is generally known as an early plastic that was non-flammable. Bakelite can be found in a wide range of early products including, automobile insulators, jewelry, flatware handles, phones and aviator goggles. The compound was first patented by the Catalin Corp in 1927 and is responsible for nearly 70% of Bakelite that exists today.
How can you tell if its real Bakelite? Bakelite is usually lighter than Lucite and normally lacks mold lines. It is rich in color, in general, yellow, mustard, greens and brown. One test most collectors use is the rub test. Rub the piece of Bakelite with your thumb until your thumb gets hot. Quickly smell the Bakelite, the odd smell should be like burning wire insulation or nail polish remover. Others use the 409 test. Using the cleaner, Formula 409, swab a small amount on the Bakelite. The swab should turn a yellowish color regardless of the color of the Bakelite.