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Do you love Bakelite Salt and Pepper Sets? You'll adore the ones I've found which I'm sharing with you here.
I hope you enjoy them. There are lots more pages of information on Bakelite and other early plastics on this site if you have a scroll around. I've also chosen some listings for you at the bottom of the page so you can expand your collection.
I couldn't believe my luck when I found this fabulous Bakelite Cruet Set. If it wasn't amazing enough that it still had it's little mustard spoon and was in perfect condition, it still had the ORIGINAL BOX!!
How unusual is that?
Another of my favourites is the classic atomic rocket set which I found in an antique shop in the middle of nowhere in country NSW, Australia.
In 1927 a new company started called the Catalin Corporation and they introduced lots of vibrant colours including marbling and other effects. This material was really high quality, durable and heat resistant. The colours were fabulous. If you can find Catalin Salt and Pepper sets they will really enhance your collection.
Look for the half moon semi-circular ones, the squat sphere shapes or towers. You'll also find novelty shapes like mushrooms and toadstools!
In the 1930s and 40s Bakelite became hugely popular for kitchen items because it was unbreakable, heat resistant, easily washable and cheap.
Salt and Pepper sets are a great collecting area because they are still very affordable and really colourful. They look great displayed together on a shelf.
Obviously you'll pay more for a complete set with box as I did, but a simple set like this cream and green pair won't set you back much.
Of course, you will find them everywhere, in charity shops (or op shops as we call them here in Australia), in antique shops, auctions, and especially online.
Have a look at the listings I've chosen for you from eBay USA, UK and Australia. You can still pick up some good bargains there.
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