Sorcha Bracelet - Celluloid Limited Edition
Sorcha Bracelet - Celluloid Limited Edition

Sorcha Bracelet - Celluloid Limited Edition

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This stunning bracelet showcases an outstanding Victorian-era celluloid button. 

John Wesley Hyatt of New Jersey patented the first semi-synthetic plastic in 1869 while attempting to invent a replacement material for ivory billiard balls. His invention, called celluloid, proved unsuitable for pool tables. However, its innately moldable properties made it a popular choice for other everyday items, including toys, knitting needles, cutlery handles, collar cuffs, jewelry, and buttons.

Celluloid was produced in paper-thin sheets, sometimes pigmented to imitate rare natural materials such as tortoiseshell, marble, agate, glass, jade, coral, ivory, jet, and pearl. Victorian-era button manufacturers commonly sandwiched the thin celluloid sheets between ornate pierced-brass tops and rimmed brass bottoms. Many celluloid buttons, like the one in this necklace, also had cutouts holding brilliant pieces of crystal, glass, or cut steel, adding extra sparkle.

The celluloid button is suspended from six hand-wrapped Czech glass bead chains with decorative brass beads and beadcaps, the creation of which was a labor of love for our designer Mandy.

Read more: Celluloid, When Plastic was Fantastic, Buttonology Blog.

In this piece:

  • Medium antique button with ombre greenish blue celluloid background, overlay of pierced and gilded brass, and tinted brass border, circa 1880-1900
  • Gorgeous chains hand-made with wrapped Czech glass and brass beads
  • Brass filigree setting stamped today in vintage dies in the USA
  • Antiqued brass chain
  • Length is 7” to 8 ½”

 Shop Collection: Limited Edition 

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