• Hat Pin, about 1935

    This is an Art Deco plastic jewel; it is unclear what material it is made out of.It could be phenol formaldehyde, known generically as Bakelite.(Bakelite is the name given to objects made of phenol formaldehyde by Bakelite Corporation of Britain or the United States and, technically only to those pieces) It could also be celluloid (cellulose nitrate).In any event, it is an early twentieth century plastic.

  • Coral Silk Evening Dress, about 1935

    Sleeveless floor-length dress with matching long-sleeve jacket in coral silk crepe. V-shaped neckline in front and back; floating curved panels over bust; sewn tucks over midriff. Self-fabric button closure in back leaves small, diamond-shaped opening in middle of back. Short half-belt in back. Seams curved over hips with slight fullness below knees. Weighted bottom. China silk half-slip in matching color. Waist-length, double-breasted jacket with suplice closure and 2 self-fabric buttons. No co…

  • Wool Dress With Net Collar, Bodice, and Sleeves, about 1940

    Deep blue dress. Collar, sleeves, and top of bodice in blue cotton net. Body made of graduated rectangles of dark blue wool, pieced together on blue net; rectangles have blue net star in corners where they meet, formed by cut-out V's in corners of rectangles. Half-slip of blue silk faille. Skirt and slip have been shortened about 1/2 inch.