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African Trading Beads were used as a form of currency between 1400AD and 1900AD. They were traded on route for supplies, land, slaves, and safe passage through indigenous Africa. These were produced in Venice, Italy during the turn of the century making them 100+ years old. My favorite is the center blue bead. It is a rare "Peace" bead.

Dubbed "love beads" in the 60's and 70's, many trade beads finally made it west to collectors in the USA. These worldly treasures are each unique and well-patinaed. See photos for chips and imperfections in these tiny glass antiques.

Slave beads are great for all sorts of projects. They look awesome in dreads, wind chimes, and jewelry, and are highly collectible. A charming addition to a private collection!

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Glass African Trading Beads and RARE Peace bead

Overview

  • Vintage Supply from the 1800s
  • Materials: glass, murrine, cane
  • Feedback: 151 reviews
  • Only ships within United States.
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