Friday, February 1, 2008

Show and Tell - Bakelite collection

Yea......it's fun friday! It's show and tell Friday at Kelli's blog, There's No Place Like Home. Just click on the icon below and it will take you to her blog.

Show and Tell

Today I would like to show you my Bakelite utensil collection.

I started collecting these about five or so years ago. I believe I learned about Bakelite from my good friend Mareta.

Bakelite is an early form of plastic. It is beautiful! Bakelite was invented in the early 1900s. Most of these pieces are probably from the 40s and 50s. They quit making it because it was not cost effective.
I love the colors!
The above pattern is my favorite. The red is a little see through. They are so fun and festive!

Bakelite was a popular medium for jewelry in the 30s and 40s as well. If you ever find any, don't pass it up!
This is where I keep them in my kitchen, in an old square jar in a little corner vignette with my antique scale and fruit bowl. I still pick up all the pieces that I find if the price is fair, I just can't resist them!

Happy Friday to all of you ~ Sharon

38 comments:

Cheryl said...

What an unusal thing to collect. Hmmm now I'm going to keep my eye out for those, they are cute! That corner of your kitchen is charming!

Mrs.B said...

I love it, they're so pretty! And I love the little vignette you've created in your kitchen.--That scale is so sweet. (o:

Many Blessings,
~Mrs.B

REAL ME said...

I love them. I love the colors! Do you use them?

Pretty Life Online said...

great antique collection!!! mine's up too...

Lana G! said...

Those are great! I love the colors!

Cottage Contessa said...

I don't remember ever seeing Bakelite over here, but it's very nice. It must be very durable to still be in such good condition after so long! I hope your collection continues to grow!
Amanda (aka Cottage Contessa)

Sarah said...

They are lovely. Great collection.

Hootin' Anni said...

Cool!!! I love the colors. And that antique scale!!!!!!!!!!!! Whoa. That has some tall tales to tell, I'm sure.

Happy show n telling Sharon.

Hadias said...

What a beautiful collection. I first learned about Bakelite watching Martha Stewart.

Thanks for Sharing.

Judy said...

Neat collection, and I love how you are displaying them.

genny said...

Wow that is rare utensils. Nice post have a nice day.

Constance said...

Those are SO cool! I love the vignette that you have displayed. I have some neat stuff in my kitchen that I'll post on one of these Fridays! I'm new at this so I have a lot of junk!
Connie

Nora Lee said...

Sharon, thank you so much for sharing. The colors are beautiful and I love the way you have them displayed. I will now be on the "look out" for some myself.
Sandra

Kelley said...

Oh I love the colors Sharon!!
What a nice collection that you have going!

Wishing you a blessed weekend!

Mrs M said...

They are beautiful ~ I've never heard of Bakelite before.

I love your corner vignette where you store them!

the teach said...

Sharon, they are wonderful utensils! I don't know if I've ever seen them but I've certainly heard of them. Beautiful! :) Happy S&T Friday.

Kelly said...

I love this, the vignette is adorable!!
and the partridge family song is awesome!!!! and yes I do know the words!!haha!

keeping you uplifted!!!!
love,
Kelly

MyJourneyBack said...

What a neat collection. I bet you have a lovely kitchen. BTW your choice of music "woke me up" and got me smilin'. What a dejavu!

Nora Lee said...

Hi! I thanks for stopping by my show & tell, I wanted to answer your question about the picture. It is about 11x14 or a little bigger. Have a great weekend!

Sandra

Jean said...

What a great collection! I can see why you love them so much!

Linda said...

Hi Sharon I love your collection and the way you display it. I collect Bakelite too. Would it be alright to copy the way you display yours? It looks great! I have bracelets too, do you? Have a happy weekend, Linda

BittersweetPunkin said...

What a neat collection Sharon!
Hugs,
Robin

Sondra said...

What an interesting and different collection. They look so pretty all in the jar.

nannykim said...

Love the bakelite--I have a silver tray with bakelite handles in red--I would love to get some silverware!! Your collection is so prettty!

nannykim said...

Hmm, left a comment , but it didn't say the usual thing so I am trying again--you can delete this if it is a copy!!! I love the bakelite and I have a silver tray with red handles made of bakelite. Your collection is beautiful and colorful!!

Mrs Lavender said...

Sharon,

They are beautiful. I love the earthy colors. Are you able to put them in the dishwasher?

jennifer said...

Oh oh oh I love this! I like to see collections displayed together and this was a great way to do that. The colors are all fab together. Jennifer

Julieann said...

Hi Sharon--I have never heard of bakelite before--that sure is neat. I will be aware of it now:)

Julieann

Shelley said...

Hi Dear Sharon, I love your bakelite collection. The vignette in your kitchen looks great. I love the way you have gathered the pieces in the jar.

Blessings,Shelley

kbbryant said...

what a fun item to collect. I didn't realize there were so many colors of utensils but now I remember a tool from my childhood. I think it was a yellow fork. You have fired some dormant memory cells in my brain.
Kathy b

Liz said...

Hi Sharon. Thanks so much for the sweet and supportive comments you've left for me. I really appreciate it (I adore the bakelite, by the way, that is quite a collection).

I agree that 40 hours a week is too much time to spend being somewhere you dont want to be. I have a few plans up my sleeve, but just in case my employer should ever stumble upon my blog I've kept them under wraps. I suppose that makes me a little paranoid. :)

Thanks again!

Nunnie's Attic said...

Antiques Roadshow is always featuring people who bring in Bakelite. Evidently it can be very valuable. You have a great collection.

Love,
Julie

Mary said...

Sharon,

Your bakelite is beautiful. When I was growing up, this is what we used on the table. Mom's were all yellow. I'm not sure why but she didn't have the other colors.

Love your square peanut butter jar and the vintage scale. Thanks so much for sharing.

Blessings,
Mary

MyJourneyBack said...

Hi Sharon,
Again this music just makes me smile! Thanks for stopping over to my Valentines Day party. Enjoy your weekend and your Valentine!

Denise said...

I have got some Bakelite and some red wooden handle utensils.... I love the Jadeite also.. I have two pieces of that.. When I remodel my kitchen this spring I am going to bring them all out...... YEAH... Thanks for the nice comment on PE web site.. That was my first effort at web building.. I did good..

hugsx0x0x0x

Linda said...

Hi Sharon, I was just showing my husband your wonderful Bakelite display, and told him I'd like to do mine like that. I don't think I told you that he is the one that bought all mine, well anyway he thought yours looked great. So I went back to puttering and he was looking at your beautiful blog and said "you have got to see this". Sharon, it was the moon pictures. Awesome...I did copy the heart moon and thank you for sharing. For some reason I came back to your site today and I'm so thankful I did. Hugs Linda

Jewelgirl said...

Nice collection of silverware
with bakelite handles! I collect bakelite jewelry, very hard to find at reasonable prices. I
haven't heard that Partridge
family song since forever -
" I woke Up in Love this Morning"
sung by David Cassidy. Thanks for
the memories.

Lisa said...

so, that's what my paring knives are made of! Well, this is a duh moment! hahaha!...did not know there were whole sets of silverware out there! thanks for sharing the history, too!

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