Vintage Picks Of The Week – The Charm Of Celluloid

Vintage Picks Of The Week

It’s time for our Vintage Picks of the Week! We scour the internet looking for just the right piece of vintage to add to our decor and include ideas on how we think these pieces could be used.

Today’s picks are brought to you by Linda at Selective Salvage

A brief history lesson: Celluloid was one of the original thermoplastics, invented in 1856 and registered as “celluloid” in 1870. Because it was easily shaped and less expensive than ivory or horn, it quickly became known as “French ivory” and was used to create lower end jewelry. During its heyday, celluloid was also used in the production of dresser boxes, picture frames, charms, buttons, buckles, dolls, fountain pens, mantel clocks, accordions and kitchen items. Because the compound is flammable during the manufacturing process, it was soon replaced by bakelite and catalin for large scale commercial use. Celluloid is also prone to aging which make authentic pieces in good condition highly collectible. Now for the fun stuff: 

Metal drawer pulls with celluloid trim, c. 1920’s

What I Like About It: The elegant lines of the metal leaf design coupled with the contrasting celluloid oval elevate this set of drawer pulls to the “work of art” level.

How I Would Use It:  To jazz up a “plain jane” dresser. I’d like to see them as the main feature in a Pinterest worthy IKEA hack. 

Vintage celluloid and metal hardware pulls offered by efinegifts

Easter greetings – chicks in a celluloid cart, c. 1920’s

What I Like About It:   As a vintage lover, any piece that makes me think about starting a new collection is special….and this Easter greeting card falls into that category. 

How I Would Use It:  Perhaps it’s time for an Easter collection? But then again, who doesn’t love chicks? Two reasons for this charming celluloid card to find a vintage loving cottage to call home. 

Easter greeting card offered by Pocket Full Of Heirlooms

Vintage celluloid necklace with carved acorns & leaves

What I Like About It: I love jewelry and a one-of-a-kind vintage necklace like this ranks high on my list of pieces that would be fun to own. 

How I Would Use It:  What a silly question….I would wear it, of course. 

Celluloid necklace with carved wooden detail offered by Vintage Renude,

So there you have it! My three favorite vintage picks for the week! Make sure to check back to see what items are on the Pick List next week!Hand pointing right | Antique Design Illustrations

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1 comment

  1. Love those drawer handles! Hmm, makes me think about changing mine. How much fun!
    And thanks for featuring my necklace too!

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