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Type of bead: Molded glass
Made in: Europe
Traded in: Africa
Approximate age: Mid 1900s
Overall condition: Fair. Wear, chips and pits. 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.
Bead size: 6-10mm diameter. See picture with penny for size comparison.
Strand length: 24 inches (includes string/raffia)

Additional information: "Wedding Beads" were made in the Czech Republic specifically for the African trade in the 1950s and started being exported from Africa to the US and Europe in the 1980s.

These beads come in several different shapes, colors and patterns. One of the most popular shape is the round tear drop. Another attractive shape is the flat tear drop. "Wedding beads" also were made as flat tabular shapes, stylized claw shapes and other varieties.

You can read more about these beads in COLLECTIBLE BEADS (Liu) and you can see examples of them being worn in Africa in AFRICA ADORNED (Fisher).

ITEM #64889

Coffee Bean Bohemian Wedding Glass Trade Beads African 64889 SALE WAS 25



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  • Material: glass
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