Art Deco, Bakelite Segments Walking Cane. France, circa 1920
The handle of this ingenious and extravagant, composition is 4 cm high x 2,5 diameter. The whole piece is composed of different irregular and curved segments of bakelite in different sizes, all segments are colored in 3 different shades of green and purple-gray and all of them are assembled around of a metal structure fitting it hermetically, this creative composition seems like a musical message in Morse-code. It is finished with a bakelite tip. The O.L. Is 93 cm. and without chips or cracks the condition is perfect.
Bakelite, or polyoxybenzylmethylenglycolanhydride, is an early plastic. It is a thermosetting phenol formaldehyde resin, formed from a condensation reaction of phenol with formaldehyde. It was developed by the Belgian-American chemist Leo Baekeland in Yonkers, New York, in 1907.
One of the first plastics made from synthetic components, Bakelite was used for its electrical nonconductivity and heat-resistant properties in electrical insulators, radio and telephone casings and such diverse products as kitchenware, jewelry, pipe stems, children's toys, and firearms. The "retro" appeal of old Bakelite products has made them collectible. * Wikipedia