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Bakelite In The Kitchen

Moderated by author Barbra E. Mauzy. Collectors will enjoy sharing photos, info and stories about their Bakelite kitchen collectibles.

Website: http://stores.ebay.com/Barbara-and-Jim-Mauzy?_rdc=1
Members: 31
Latest Activity: May 2, 2016

Meet Your Moderator Author Barbara E. Mauzy

A Note from your moderator, Author Barbara E. Mauzy

I was not a collector of Bakelite until I started photographing Bakelite in the Kitchen. After snapping the shutter I found myself grabbing piece after piece to keep, which is a serious issue when I’m supposed to be a dealer. Today I am equally a collector and a dealer and I can’t wait to see what’s out there in private collections. There simply isn’t anything more colorful for the table and if you want to recreate that retro look, Bakelite must be on your table..

Barbara

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Discussion Forum

Amazing Vintage Bakelite Flatware Set!

Started by linda Feb 18, 2014.

Sets of Vintage Bakelite Flatware!

Started by linda Jan 25, 2014.

Vintage 6 Piece Frontier Forge Bakelite serving set with case- Great condition 2 Replies

Started by Melissa Graham. Last reply by Melissa Graham Oct 1, 2012.

does anyone know what this marking is?

Started by linda Jun 29, 2011.

Ways to Test Bakelite for Authenticity By Pamela Wiggins 2 Replies

Started by C. Dianne Zweig Editor's Desk. Last reply by linda Jan 20, 2011.

Krome Kraft Farber Bros.

Started by Collectique Mar 28, 2010.

Do You Have a Favorite Color of Bakelite Flatware?? 2 Replies

Started by linda. Last reply by OutOfTheAttic2u Mar 19, 2010.

What is Everyone's Favorite Bakelite Kitchenware Items)?? 1 Reply

Started by linda. Last reply by Barbara E. Mauzy Mar 14, 2010.

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Comment by linda on June 4, 2014 at 6:25pm

hi - we just added this fabulous boxed vintage bakelite flatware set - looks like it was never used - mint!

linda

Comment by linda on November 5, 2013 at 6:15am

hi dianne -

thanks for the suggestion - is there a particular forum area to post the article or do i just start a new forum topic with it?

linda

Comment by Barbara E. Mauzy on November 4, 2013 at 7:37pm

Impressive!!!!

Comment by C. Dianne Zweig Editor's Desk on November 4, 2013 at 6:45pm
Linda, thanks for posting article. May I suggest tat you copy and paste it into a orum post above so it becomes archived and easily retrievable in the future for reference.

Dianne
Comment by linda on November 4, 2013 at 6:35pm

hi barbara -

thanks! here is the article we wrote:

 

AT HOME WITH VINTAGE BAKELITE

 

 

 

Vintage Plastic objects are part of our history.  These items represent a significant example of Americana.  The Smithsonian, the Museum of Modern Art and the Philadelphia Museum all include plastics in their collections.

 

You do not have to go to a museum to enjoy seeing and collecting plastic items.  The primary goal of the new movement, in the 1930’s and 40’s, was to provide less expensive, decorative, and useful items in the home, using machines to create and service the large population.

 

It created an enormous variety of both functional and decorative high and low cost objects for the home which are sought after by collectors today.  Antique plastic is not a contradiction of terms – plastics have been around in synthetic form for well over 100 years making them a true antique. 

 

BAKELITE was developed by Dr. Leo Baekeland in 1907 and was originally intended as an insulator for electricity, and is not quite 100 years old.  Besides Bakelite jewelry, Bakelite has brought us items such as radios, kitchenware, flatware, clocks, Bakelite handled utensils, telephones, salt and pepper shakers, etc.  The list of items boggle the mind and keeps increasing the pleasure it brings to the collector of any or all of the above. 

 

When to decide to collect Bakelite? Colors, design and style are no doubt what will attract you initially.  The broad pallet of Bakelite enables today’s collector to enjoy both nostalgia and utility.  For example, your eye catches a set of red plastic canisters – and it becomes a “look” in your kitchen, which can be followed for a search for a set of Bakelite Flatware for your dining experience.  Above all, you are buying what you like and at the same time buying items of value.  The value increases as authentic examples of an era diminish in supply.  Collecting is a tangible, you had fun finding it and have the pleasure of the item in your home. 

 

The term “streamlined” appeared in magazines and illustrations of the day, to describe the design that set this era apart.  Cocktail shakers, some accentuated with Bakelite, Bakelite napkin rings, drink stirrers, fruit knives, etc., were all part of the scene -  the streamlined Bakelite radio playing popular songs of the day.  This is now what collectors seek to continue to enhance the look of the era that has now become an important part of their lives. 

 

We advise collectors of Antique and Vintage Bakelite items for their home, to buy what gives them pleasure and don’t be afraid to set an eclectic table – utensils and flatware do not have to match nor do they have to be the same color.  Buy “orphaned” pieces of Bakelite flatware to create a bright and colorful look – all that matters is what appeals to you, the collector. 

 

Be certain, that in order to assure the continuance of this search for Antique and Vintage Bakelite for the home, one has to always be certain of where and from whom these items are being purchased, and buy from reputable and knowledgeable dealers.

 

At Evelynne’s Oldies But Goodies, http:www.evelynnesoldiesbutgoodies.com, you will be able to enjoy a vast selection of all things bakelite, including Bakelite household items, which include utensils, flatware, etc.  

Comment by Barbara E. Mauzy on November 3, 2013 at 6:55pm

Congratulations ~ I would love to read the article!

Comment by linda on November 3, 2013 at 6:01pm

Hi!

We are excited that we just had an article we wrote published in a wonderful magazine - Vintage Life Magazine - this is a UK publication.  the title of the article is At Home with Bakelite and it appears in the October, 2013 issue.  if you would like to read the article and don't have the magazine, just email me and i will be happy to email you a copy.  their url is:

http://vintagelifemagazine.com

Comment by linda on November 3, 2013 at 5:58pm

Fabulous Vintage Bakelite Kitchenware Flatware Set - complete and mint and on SALE!

http://evelynnesoldiesbutgoodies.com

Comment by Barbara E. Mauzy on November 3, 2013 at 11:31am

Hi, Bakelite fans! Here's a special request: Let's Fall in Love with Bakelite by sharing your favorite pieces in fall colors: golds, orange, browns, tans. Calling all photographers ~ let's see some pictures! Thanks, Barbara

Comment by Ellene Meece on July 8, 2013 at 3:39pm
 

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