An early form of plastic used in household products, jewelry and accessories. Bakelite is highly sought after, particularly in jewelry. Invented by Leo Baekeland in New York, in 1907, Bakelite was a by-product an attempt to create a material to strengthen wood. Bakelite quickly became a reliable material for everything from firearms to children’s toys. Similar to galalith, Bakelite is made from a formaldehyde-based resin. Bakelite lost popularity when less expensive and easier to produce plastics came on the market.

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