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Green Catalin or Bakelite and Gilt Metal Spider Brooch, c.1930s


Prystal or Catalin (a polymer similar to Bakelite) spider brooch from the 1930s. Transparent body is swirled clear and green. Its clarity makes it look like glass. Body is gilt metal. Two screws hold the Catalin body to the base. Trombone clasp.

Indicative of style during the 1920s and 1930s, this spider brooch rebelled against all jewelry norms. A flapper essential. Possibly made by the American Catalin Corporation.

This item is in good condition. Some wear to the gilding on the top of the spider's head. Pin is slightly bent but does not affect function. The hinge and clasp are in good working order. Screws in base look original to the piece.

Measures 2 1/4 x 2 1/2 x 3/4, and weighs 1/2 oz. 

See this item in our blog post on Bakelite!


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