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Dating lucite jewelry

These buttons were used until the 1940s and by that time other buttons were becoming popular.

I am sharing with you in this guide, everything I've learned recently while researching antique buttons.

Celluloid was the very first man made plastic but it wasn't completely synthetic.

Most places have said just to wipe with a clean and dry cloth and some said Simichrome Polish could be used to test the buttons as well as clean them.

Interesting Fact- Bakelite's patent expired in 1927 so the Catalin corporation started making buttons (same as Bakelite) but added 15 more colors. It is estimated that 70% of the Bakelite buttons left today are actually Catalin.

They can be opaque, transparent or both and they come in all shapes, sizes and colors. Some Celluloids were made to imitate other materials like wood and ivory.

Celluloid buttons made to imitate ivory were called Ivoroid.

Bakelite buttons grew in popularity and were very common until the 1940s.

Although these are not the first plastic buttons, today they are some of the most sought after and highly collected.

In the mid 1800's, a British Chemist named Alexander Parkes developed celluloid using cellulose which is derivative of plants, more specifically wood and cotton fibers.

Celluloid buttons became very popular during the late 1900s through the 1920s.

One way to identify a Bakelite button is to run hot water over it and then smell it. Some say they smell like Cod Liver Oil or have a sweet chemical smell.