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20 Black skunk ventian trade beads in Africa

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20 Black skunk ventian trade beads in Africa

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  • Vintage item from the 1800s
  • Chain style: Bead
  • Materials: Black sunk ventian, Wound glass, Decorated glass, White spotted
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Skunk beads are beautiful and decorated African trade beads which create great strands of jewelry. These beads were originally made in Venice and commonly used for trading purposes in Africa in the 18th and 19th centuries. Many of these beads have been attributed to being made in Germany, France and the Netherlands. The heyday of this trade period was from the mid 1800s through the early 1900s when millions of these beads were produced and traded in Africa.

The popularity of these beads was revived in the late 1960s when they began to be exported from Africa to the United States and Europe. In recent years, the African traders have been forced to go deeper and deeper to find more of these beads. Many styles which were readily available five years ago are no longer seen today.

When you buy these beads, you will own a piece of history.

Each bead is unique and may vary in condition, color, and pattern of dots and size. Some beads may have chips or scratches due to age.


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