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    Harwich Antique Center ©

    10 Route 28 (Main Street) West Harwich, MA 02671

    Mailing; PO Box 11 Harwichport, MA 02646

    PHONE: 508-432-4220

    Email: harwichantiquecenter@comcast.net

    Always buying and consigning!

         
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9 2017

Old, Odd, Cool and Collectible Cadillac Hood Ornament!!!

1 2017

 

Old, Odd, Cool and Collectible Carnival Head!

8 2017

Old, Odd, Cool and Collectible Setter!!!

10 2017

Old, Odd, Cool and Collectible Ohio Railroad $5!

2 2017

Old, Odd, Cool and Collectible Junk Art!!!!

3 2017

Old, Odd, Cool and Collectible Advertising Signs!!

4 2017

Old, Odd, Cool and Collectible Dime Store Statue!!

5 2017

Old, Odd, Cool and Collectible Cape Cod Salt Basket!!

6 2017

Old, Odd, Cool and Collectible hand carved double sided head!!

7 2017

Old, Odd, Cool and Collectible Meerschaum pipe!!!

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Old, Odd, Cool and Collectible Vinyl Records!!

What is Bakelite??

DSC01023History is shaped by the materials we develope and use.  The first plastic was celluloid, a hard permanent solid at room temps, when heated, it becomes soft and moldable. Heat and pressure was applied to a mix of cellulose nitrate and camphor producing a useable plastic.  40 years later in 1907, Leo Backland found a formula which by adding formaldehyde created a moldable, heat resistant resin devoid of any significant color -  in natural state bakelite is cloudy transparent amber.  Sawdust was added along with color ink/dye. Today, plastics absorb colors readily and are easy to mold.  True bakelite can be tested by rubbing a tiny bit of simichrome polish on the surface with a cottonball. This extracts the formaldehyde and turns the cotton yellow.