Bakelite Jewelry Price Guide

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    Carved Butterscotch Bakelite Lot

    Butterscotch Carved Bakelite - Two Bracelets and One Brooch
    Butterscotch Carved Bakelite. - Photo courtesy of Morphy Auctions

    Values for Bakelite jewelry can vary widely depending on the rarity of the piece. Many of the examples shown here are quite hard to find and reflect prices paid by avid collectors who compete at auction to own these pieces. Other pieces shown, which generally sell for $200 and less, are fairly common.

    Important note: Since the 1990s, many pieces made of authentic, old Bakelite have been produced by artisans. Some of these are similar in style to older pieces, and they will test as Bakelite. These...MORE are usually highly carved pieces, bangle bracelets with dots, and other desirable styles. While these artisans maintain that they did not try to fool collectors with their work, some of these pieces unfortunately do get passed off as old Bakelite by re-sellers today. It is wise to do some research before buying high dollar Bakelite jewelry if you want to make sure you are buying a vintage piece. 

    Other highly carved imported pieces have been made with materials resembling Bakelite, and collectors many times refer to these as "Fakelite" since they were meant to deceive collectors. All the items in this guide are believed to be vintage with most dating to the 1930s and '40s except where noted.

    About the Bakelite lot shown above:

    Two carved Bakelite Bracelets and one leaf carved brooch

    Value: $270 (Morphy Auctions - 8/14)

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    Brown Bakelite Bangles

    Two Brown Carved Bakelite Bangles
    Two Brown Carved Bakelite Bangles. - Photo courtesy of Morphy Auctions

    Two brown Bakelite bracelets with carving sold together.

    Value: $180 (Morphy Auctions - 6/12)

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    Paul Whitman Good Luck Bakelite Ring

    Paul Whitman Good Luck Bakelite Ring
    Paul Whitman Good Luck Bakelite Ring. - Photo Courtesy of Morphy Auctions

    Promotional item for band leader Paul Whitman"s radio show in the 1930s. Whitman's face is on each side of the ring. The swastika represented good luck at the time the ring was made. Silver on black Bakelite.

    Value: $120 (Morphy Auctions - 2/12)

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    Bakelite V for Victory Pin

    Bakelite 1940s V for Victory Pin
    Bakelite 1940s V for Victory Pin. - Morphy Auctions

    Vintage World War II (1940s) Bakelite V for Victory pin with original pin back. Condition: good.

    Value: $138 (Morphy Auctions - 1/11)

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    Carved Red Peppers Pin

    Carved Bakelite Red Peppers Pin
    Carved Red Peppers Pin. - Morphy Auctions

    Vintage Bakelite carved chunky red peppers pin with original pin back. Described as "later production." Condition" excellent. Size: 2 3/8" x 3".

    Value: $207 (Morphy Auctions - 1/11)

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    Bulldog Pin

    Bakelite Bulldog Pin
    Bakelite Bulldog Pin. - Photo Courtesy of Morphy Auctions

    Rare bulldog pin with celluloid teeth and brass collar. Condition: near mint. Size: 2 3/8" tall.

    Value: $1,495 (Morphy Auctions - 12/08), $671 (Bonham's - 12/09)

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    Bakelite Green & Black Striped Bangle

    Bakelite Green & Black Striped Bangle. - Morphy Auctions

    Thick bangle bracelet with green and black layering. Condition: excellent.

    Value: $103.50 (Morphy Auctions - 5/10)

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    Bakelite Cameo Link Bracelet

    Bakelite Cameo Link Bracelet. - Morphy Auctions

    Bakelite ovals with applied celluloid cameos and celluloid links. Condition: excellent. Size: 7 - 1/4" long.

    Value: $149.50 (Morphy Auctions - 5/10)

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    Bakelite Overdyed Horse Pin

    Bakelite Carved & Overdyed Horse Pin. - Morphy Auctions

    Bakelite carved and overdyed or resin washed red horse pin with brass chain harness. Condition: excellent. Size: 2 3/4" tall.

    Value: $207 (Morphy Auctions - 5/10)

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    Bakelite Carved Green Pin

    Bakelite Carved Green Pin. - Jay B. Siegel

    Bakelite Carved Green Bar Pin. Shows original bright green color on reverse. Condition: very good to excellent. Size: 3 1/2" long.

    Value: $45 (RubyLane.com 5/10)

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    Bakelite Marbled Bangle Bracelet

    Ca. 1930s Bakelite End of Day Bangle. - Morphy Auctions

    Bakelite unusually shaped bangle with marbled mottling. Condition: excellent.

    Value: $115 (Morphy Auctions - 5/10)

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    Bakelite Carved Flower Necklace Set

    Ca. 1930s Bakelite Carved Flower Necklace Set. - Jay B. Siegel

    Carved Bakelite Flowers mounted on medallions. Necklace has celluloid chain. Stretch bracelet with Bakelite components. Condition: excellent.

    Value: $150 (RubyLane.com 1/10)

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    Bakelite Saucer Bangle Bracelet

    Ca. 1930s Baklite Saucer-Shaped Bangle Bracelet. - Jay B. Siegel

    Vintage butter yellow bangle in a saucer shape. Condition: Very good to excellent.

    Value: $30 (1/10 - RubyLane.com)

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    Bakelite Overdyed Wagon Wheel Pin

    Bakelite Overdyed Wagon Wheel Pin. - www.morphyauctions.com

    Overdyed or Resin Washed wagon wheel pin. Condition: excellent. Size: 2 3/4" tall.

    Value: $230 (Morphy Auctions - 2/10)

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    Bakelite Gold & Red Sword Pin

    Bakelite Gold & Red Sword Pin. - www.morphyauctions.com

    Condition: excellent. Size: 4 1/4" long.

    Value: $316.25 (Morphy Auctions - 2/10)

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    Bakelite Dark Yellow Hinged Bracelet

    Bakelite Dark Yellow Hinged Bracelet. - www.morphyauctions.com

    Condition: excellent. Size: 3" wide.

    Value: $86.25 (Morphy Auctions - 2/10)

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    Bakelite Dark Red Horse Head Pin

    Bakelite Dark Red Horse Head Pin. - www.morphyauctions.com

    Condition: excellent. Size: 2 1/2" long.

    Value: $258.75 (Morphy Auctions - 2/10)

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    Bakelite Horse Head & Shoe Pin

    Bakelite Horse Head & Shoe Pin. - www.morphyauctions.com

    Condition: excellent. Size: 2 1/2" wide.

    Value: $287.50 (Morphy Auctions - 2/10)

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    Bakelite Hat Pin with Flowers

    Bakelite Hat Pin with Flowers. - www.morphyauctions.com

    Condition: excellent. Size 2 1/2" long.

    Value: $230 (Morphy Auctions - 2/10)

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    Bakelite Gun, Hat, Saddle & Whip Pin

    Bakelite Gun, Hat, Saddle & Whip Pin. - www.morphyauctions.com

    Condition: excellent. Size: 4" long.

    Value: $402.50 (Morphy Auctions - 2/10)

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    Pair of Yellow Honeycomb Bangle Bracelets

    Pair of Yellow Honeycomb Bangle Bracelets
    Pair of Yellow Honeycomb Bangle Bracelets. - Photo Courtesy of Morphy Auctions

    Pair of faceted honeycomb bangles. Condition: excellent. Size: 1 1/8" wide.

    Value: $86.25 (Morphy Auctions - 12/08)

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    Air Raid Warden Pin

    Air Raid Warden Pin
    Ca. 1940s Air Raid Warden Pin. - Photo Courtesy of Morphy Auctions

    Rare air raid warden pin. Condition: excellent. Size: 3 1/2" long.

    Value: $690 (Morphy Auctions - 12/08)

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    Cherry Juice Quilted Bangle Bracelet

    Cherry Juice Quilted Bangle
    Cherry Juice Quilted Bangle. - Photo Courtesy of Morphy Auctions

    Cherry juice (refers to clear coloring with cherry being more uncommon than apple juice Bakelite) quilted bangle. Condition: excellent. Size: 5/8" wide.

    Value: $143.75 (Morphy Auctions - 12/08)

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    Overdyed Fox Pin with Movable Head

    Overdyed Fox Pin with Movable Head
    Overdyed Fox Pin with Movable Head. - Photo Courtesy of Morphy Auctions

    Rare overdyed or resin washed fox pin with movable head. Condition: near mint. Size: 3" tall.

    Value: $862.50 (Morphy Auctions - 12/08)

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    Deeply Carved Green Rope Bangle Bracelet

    Deeply Carved Green Rope Bangle Bracelet
    Deeply Carved Green Rope Bangle Bracelet. - Photo Courtesy of Morphy Auctions

    Deeply carved green rope bangle bracelet. Condition: near mint. Size: 5/8" tall.

    Value: $86.25 (Morphy Auctions - 12/08)

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    Ladybug Bracelet

    Bakelite Ladybug Bracelet
    Bakelite Ladybug Bracelet. - Photo Courtesy of Morphy Auctions

    Unusual ladybug bracelet. Condition: near mint. Size: 7 1/2" long.

    Value: $402.50 (Morphy Auctions - 12/08)

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    Googly Eye Pumpkin Pin

    Googly Eye Pumpkin Pin
    Googly Eye Pumpkin Pin. - Photo Courtesy of Morphy Auctions

    Very rare pumpkin pin with googly eyes. Condition: excellent. Size: 5 1/4" tall.

    Value: $6,325 (Morphy Auctions - 12/08)

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    Rabbit with Wooden Basket Pin

    Rabbit with Wooden Basket Pin
    Rabbit with Wooden Basket Pin. - Photo Courtesy of Morphy Auctions

    Hard to find Bakelite and wood rabbit with basket pin. Condition: excellent. Size: 3 1/4" tall.

    Value: $402.50 (Morphy Auctions - 12/08)

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    Wolverine Pin with Movable Arm Holding Sword

    Wolverine Pin with Movable Arm Holding Sword
    Wolverine Pin with Movable Arm Holding Sword. - Photo Courtesy of Morphy Auctions

    Rare overdyed or resin washed wolverine pin with movable arm. Condition: excellent. Size: 2 7/8" tall.

    Value: $1,035 (Morphy Auctions - 12/08)

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    Red Bird Pin with Wooden Wing

    Red Bird Pin with Wooden Wing
    Red Bird Pin with Wooden Wing. - Photo Courtesy of Morphy Auctions

    Red bird pin with carved wood wing. Condition: near mint. Size: 4" long.

    Value: $172.50 (Morphy Auctions - 12/08)

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    Doghouse Pin with Dangling Charms

    Doghouse Pin with Dangling Dog Charms. - Photo Courtesy of Morphy Auctions

    Hard to find doghouse with three charms. Condition: excellent. Size: 3" tall.

    Value: $632.50 (Morphy Auctions - 12/08)

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    Red, White and Blue Eagle Pin

    Ca. 1940s Red, White and Blue Eagle Pin. - Photo Courtesy of Morphy Auctions

    Red, white & blue shield pin with eagle. Condition: excellent. Size: 2 1/2" in diameter.

    Value: $1,265 (Morphy Auctions - 12/08)

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    Painted and Overdyed Genie Pin

    Painted and Overdyed Genie Pin. - Photo Courtesy of Morphy Auctions

    Unusual overdyed or resin washed and painted genie pin with brass accents. Condition: excellent. Size: 2 7/8" tall.

    Value: $862.50 (Morphy Auctions - 12/08)

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    Gun with Dangling Charms Pin

    Gun with Dangling Charms Pin
    Gun with Dangling Charms Pin. - Photo Courtesy of Morphy Auctions

    Bakelite western pin with saddle, 10-gallon hat and rope charms. Condition: near mint. Size: 2 5/8" long.

    Value: $230 (Morphy Auctions - 12/08)

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    Uncle Sam Top Hat Pin

    Uncle Sam Top Hat Pin
    Ca. 1940s Uncle Sam Top Hat Pin. - Photo Courtesy of Morphy Auctions

    Hard to find Uncle Sam hat pin with metal eagle accent. Condition: excellent. Size: 2 1/8" tall.

    Value: $517.50 (Morphy Auctions - 12/08)

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    Strawberry Pin

    Bakelite Strawberry Pin
    Bakelite Strawberry Pin. - Photo Courtesy of Morphy Auctions

    Strawberry pin with carved leaf and painted accents. Condition: excellent. Size 2 1/4" tall.

    Value: $258.75

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    Black and Cream Bow Tie Bangle Bracelet

    Black and Cream Bow Tie Bangle Bracelet
    Black & Cream Bow Tie Bangle Bracelet. - Photo Courtesy of Morphy Auctions

    Hard to find black and cream bow tie bracelet. Condition: near mint. Size: 3/4" tall.

    Value: $1,840 (Morphy Auctions - 12/08)

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    Red Heart and Arrow Necklace

    Red Bakelite Heart and Arrow Charms on Celluloid Chain
    Red Bakelite Heart and Arrow Charms on Celluloid Chain. - Photo Courtesy of Morphy Auctions

    Red Bakelite heart and arrow charms on celluloid chain. Condition: near mint. Size: hearts measure 3/4" tall.

    Value: $460 (Morphy Auctions - 12/08)

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    Multicolor Bow Tie Bangle Bracelet

    Multicolor Bow Tie Bangle Bracelet
    Multicolor Bow Tie Bangle Bracelet. - Photo Courtesy of Morphy Auctions

    Rare multicolored "bow tie" bangle bracelet. Condition: near mint. Size: 1/2" wide.

    Value: $1,265 (Morphy Auctions - 12/08)

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    Pocket Knife with Dangling Pencils

    Bakelite Pocket Knife Pin. - Photo Courtesy of Morphy Auctions

    Rare Bakelite pocket knife pin with attached pencils. Condition: near mint. Size: 3 1/2" tall.

    Value: $920 (Morphy Auctions - 12/08)

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    Red Carved Bangle Bracelet

    Carved Red Bakelite Bangle. - Photo Courtesy of Morphy Auctions

    Carved Bakelite bangle - 3/4" wide. Condition: near mint.

    Value: $86.25 (Morphy Auctions - 12/08)

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    Orange Carved Lily Pad Bangle Bracelet

    Orange Carved Lily Pad Bangle Bracelet. - Photo Courtesy of Morphy Auctions

    Note: This piece may not be authentic vintage Bakelite. Pieces made in similar styles have been made since the 1990s. Some of these are genuine Bakelite, but they are not vintage pieces.

    Value: $460 (Morphy Auctions - 12/08)