Lot (12) Vintage Art Deco German Bauhaus chrome chain necklaces galalith black beads Jakob Bengel

Lot (12) Vintage Art Deco German Bauhaus chrome chain necklaces galalith black beads Jakob Bengel
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Lot (12) Vintage Art Deco German Bauhaus chrome chain necklaces with galalith black rondelle faceted beads. With chrome plated link chains and chromed clip barrel clasp closers. These necklaces are from new old stock, recently discovered in Jablonec nad Nisou (formerly Gablonz), the home of Czechoslovakian jewelry. 
These necklaces follow the Bauhaus style of the Jakob Bengel company in Germany whose pieces of jewelry were a mixture of chains and different geometric elements of colored Galalith. The company is well documented as being a major exporter to Gablonz from where jewelry would be distributed around the world. 

A short history of Jakob Bengel

Size: 16 inches approx
Size beads: 10mm; 6/16" 
Material: galalith 
Year: Vintage 
Condition: Authentic vintage condition. These have been stored away for a considerable time and the bead connector pins and geometric bead caps have tarnished. These could also be used as components for contemporary vintage jewelry design.
Quantity: 12

In the early 1900’s, notable French and German jewelry makers such as Coco Channel and Jakob Bengel began using galalith in the production of jewelry, with its widest use in the 1920’s and 30’s
Galalith, also know as ‘milkstone’ (Milchstein’) was developed in Germany in 1897 by combining the milk protein casein with formaldehyde, and in the early 20th century it was used in industry and for household items, being relatively simple and inexpensive to produce, easy to color, and heat-resistant.

COLORBlack / Silver
MATERIALMetal / Plastic
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