Carved 40s CATALIN Red Hot Chili Pepper Buckle Necklace
About 25 years ago I purchased this wonderful 1940's vintage carved catalin red hot chili peppers buckle from an antique store (along with 3 matching buttons... which I sold). I incorporated it into the necklace you see photographed here because I wanted to be able to wear it!! By doing this it becomes not only a fantastic pendant/necklace ornament, it also works as the clasp or closure for the necklace. The beads are vintage red and black glass... the larger ones are faceted, the little red spacer beads are not. I once thought the buckle might be bananas... but since chili peppers also grow this way... and red suits peppers better than bananas... I've decided they must be peppers :-) The buckle is 3-3/8" wide x 2-5/8" long. The necklace is 21" long including the buckle.
\r\rThe buckle does not test positive for Bakelite with the scrubbing bubbles test. However, it is made in the same manner as carved bakelite... you can see the marks on the sides of the peppers where it was carved and saw marks on the back where it was sliced from the stock. I believe it is probably Catalin, another thermal setting plastic, similar to Bakelite but with a more stable chemical composition than Bakelite. Much of the bright jewelry of the 30's and 40's was made of Catalin, but because of it's stability, it doen't oxidize with exposure to air as Bakelite does and therefore doesn't present with a yellow mark when tested in a similar manner.
There are some age marks that can be seen on the surface when held sideways to the light which I never noticed until now when checking it carefully to describe for the auction. It's in very good condition otherwise. It's a great looking piece and a lot of fun to wear! I always got lots of compliments... and offers to buy it... whenever I wore it.
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