Philco Transitone Radio 51-530, 1951, bakelite … at least I was pretty sure it was when i saw it. fingers crossed it brought it home.
there are a bunch of ways to test and see if something is bakelite or plastic. whether it’s kitchen utensils, appliance or cabinet handles, or jewelry … i know some dealers and collectors that swear that they can smell a strong formaldehyde smell which only bakelite has by rubbing it vigorously, some carry a q-tip with a touch of simichrome in a zip top bag when they are out on the hunt, some can even tell from across the room! I am none of the above … i guess, then test.
up until 2 weeks ago i used simichrome (which smells terrible) and really has no other use for me around the house … as Alton Brown would say, it’s a “unitasker”; i really don’t like unitaskers. so when i saw a blurb from my friend Angela on her blog, Angiezilla’s Boutique, that i could use baking soda, and i was stoked!
she stumbled upon the results while cleaning some kitchen utensils for her shop of the same name, asked for friends to help her test and TaDa … wet Q-Tip, Baking Soda, test in an inconspicuous location, nicotine color means it’s positive. You got Bakelite!
anything you want to test now?