News-Antique.com - Nov 30,-0001 - More Than McCoy offers an interesting selection of unique Bakelite Kitchen Collectibles that you can use or just display! The following is some general information on Bakelite if you are just beginning a collection, or are just curious about Bakelite. Bakelite was the first man-made synthetic plastic. It was invented in 1907 by Dr. Baekeland. Bakelite became the choice material for electrical insulation, telephone, auto and radio parts, cutlery, billiard balls, chess and mahjong pieces, jewelry and purses! (Reference information: Bakelite in the Kitchen by Barbara Mauzy, Shiffer Publishing, 2nd Edit, 2001). Bakelite, as distinguished from Lucite, is opaque, while lucite is transparent. Bakelite also gives off a burnt garbage bag smell when run under very hot water. Many of the kitchen utensils made from the 1920's-1960's can still be found today in reasonably good condition. The utensils came in a variety of colors and were made by a number of manufacturers including, Androck, Corona, L,F&C, Langner, Valley Forge, etc. The most popular colors seem to be green, then red, yellow, black, and brown in that order. Rare finds include: napkin rings, handles with designs in them like checkerboards or dogs, corn knobs, and complete sets of utensils. Most of the items I sell in my store are shown in B. Mauzy's book, which is a useful book for identifiying items. Make sure you buy pieces that are in good vintage condition.
At MTM we are collectors as well as dealers. I am also an Attorney and my husband is a CFA. As the name of the store implies, we carry much more than just McCoy Pottery. We attend the very best auctions and estate sales in MI, including Grosse Pt., Ann Arbor, Huntington Woods, Clarkston, Birmingham, Troy, etc. We also buy from other dealer friends who buy out entire estates and give us 'first pick' which is why we carry such a variety of treasures!
MTM has sold items to museums, upscale N.Y. retail stores, set designers in LA, celebrities, universities, decorators, other dealers, collectors, and have been written about in the Antiques Roadshow magazine!
Stop in for a looksee; if you can't find it at MTM, you probably won't find it anywhere. We provide a wealth of information, ideas, pictures and competitive prices. We guarantee all items sold to be as described and refunds are provided, (see details at the store).
Hope to see you soon! You will see that this is more than a business to us, collecting and selling antiques is a passion!