Imitation jade, tortoiseshell and coral necklace made of casein, 1930s.
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Casein necklace made from imitation jade and tortoiseshell beads moulded in the Chinese style popular in the 1920s and 1930s. These are intersperesed with smaller imitation coral beads. Casein formaldehyde, a semi-synthetic plastic made from milk was developed in 1899 in Germany and marketed in Britain as Erinoid.