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Ways to Test Bakelite for Authenticity By  Pamela Wiggins


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Here's one really important factor when testing by sight: There will never be a seam in Bakelite because it is injection molded. It's hard to use chemicals to test when you are shopping, so be more aware of the other methods. Bakelite "feel" denser/heavier than other plastics. Barbara

agreed about testing when one is shopping - there are those testing pads - never used them.  having specialized in vintage bakelite for over 30 years, when we started there were not the tests that there are today - 409 and simichrome - we relied on the no seam rule and the fact that bakelite is heavier than other plastics.   we like the old fashioned hot water test, but again - hard to do that when shopping! 

linda g.




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