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Bakelite Pull Handles


A really good set of 1930s Bakelite D-cup pull handles, and with their original screws. Perfect for transforming a regular set of drawers into something more workshop/utilitarian; and would also look excellent used on kitchen drawers - in fact details like these and a lick of paint are all you need to completely transform kitchen units now past their sell-by date.

We are selling these wonderful handles individually, and they are priced at £22 each, and we have just 12 in total.

History of Bakelite

In 1909, Belgian chemist Leo Baekland created the first entirely synthetic plastic, calling it Bakelite. Its properties were revolutionary for it was resistant to heat and didn’t conduct electricity, making it really good insulator, and therefore particularly useful to the automotive and electrical industries emerging at the time. Lightweight and durable; sleek and stylish; affordable and convenient; it could also be moulded into every shape imaginable; and the 1920s and 30s saw Bakelite embrace modernism, where it was used in jewelry, lamps, desk sets, clocks, radios, telephones, kitchenware, and all manner of hardware – such as these handles.

Country of origin: UK

Date of manufacture: c.1930

Material: Bakelite

Dimensions: Height 4.5cm, Width 9.5cm, Depth 2.5cm

Condition: very good, with some traces of paint on their reverse side - yet this is not seen once the handle is affixed.