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Type of bead: Two-layer wound glass beads
Made in: Europe or Asia
Traded in: Africa
Approximate age: Late 20th century
Overall condition: Fair to good. Some of our beads have traveled at least three continents, and have graced numerous owners. Small chips, corrosion, and pitting are a normal part of their patina attesting to their age and extensive use.
Damage: Dirt, pitting, surface scratches, and general wear
Bead size: 3-4mm in diameter. See picture with penny for size comparison.
Strand length: Approximately 25 inches (including string/raffia)

Additional Information: "Whitehearts" are two layer beads, the inner layer being white, giving an uncommon depth and beauty to the beads.

The term "Trade Beads" typically applies to beads made predominately in Venice and Bohemia from the late 1400s through the early 1900s and traded in Africa and the Americas. Many of these beads have been attributed to Germany, France and the Netherlands as well. The heyday of the "trade" period spanned the mid 1800s through the early 1900s when millions of glass beads were manufactured 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. The term "Trade Beads" became very popular during this time period and is still used today.

Product ID: 44013

Yellow Whitehearts Venetian Round Glass Trade Beads African 44013



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