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Antique Trade Beads - Glass, Shell, Bone, Page 1

Since ancient times, peoples of all cultures, races, and religions have used beads for personal adornment, protection against evil powers, and to display wealth and power. The first ones were thought to be worn as talismans to protect from evil forces. Beads have been made of every conceivable type of material known to man. Some of the oldest known beads are 37,000 - 38,000 years old made from Ostrich Shells and bones. Many other ancient beads have been found made from readily available materials, such as teeth, rocks, seeds, wood, ivory, horn and some plant resins. Later as glass and metal production began, those materials were used for beads as well. They have long been valued, traded, and adored by millions of people around the world.
Sandcast Beads - The process of making these beads is unique to Africa and has been used for over 1000 years. Pulverized glass of various colors is poured into a clay mold, using a cassava stem for the bead's hole. The mold is placed in a furnace and heated until the glass particles congeal without actually melting and the stem burns out. The Ghananians have been making beads in this manner since the 1600s. Prossers are molded beads that are created by pressing a finely powdered dry mixture of clay, feldspar and flint into a mold which is then heated in an oven until the material fuses and forms a glass bead. Prosser Beads are named after its inventor, Richard Prosser, who developed the process in Bohemia in the 1830s. Prosser beads can be recognized by the barely visible seam that runs around the center of the outside edge of each bead and by the uniformity of shape and size of beads in a single strand.

Antique Venetian Dog Teeth or ruffled beads - African Trade Large Watermelon Venetian Chevron Trade Beads Antique Faceted Carnelian - Red Agate Trade Beads cut in Germany

Antique Venetian Dog Teeth or ruffled beads from the African trade

Antique Venetian round black beads with a prominent ruffled white belt. Traded to the Igbo of Nigeria. They are 8-10mm in diameter with large 3-4mm holes. You see they are irregular in shape and size since they were hand made in the late 19th to early 20th centuries in Venice. This type of bead is often called Dog Teeth or Dog Tooth beads. Beware of modern imitations with smaller more even ruffles and a clean look. These antique beads show some signs of wear and pitting, which adds to their beauty and story. See view A, B, C.

Size: 8-10mm

$18 for 6 beads

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Antique green chevron African trade bead set

This is a set of 8 early 20th century Venetian 4 layer watermelon chevrons in a oval shape. These Venetian Chevron or star beads are the most beautiful, recognizable and collectable of all beads. These beads are named watermelon because of the their red green and white colors. The largest bead is 38 x 20mm, and the smallest is 26 x 16mm. These chevron beads are rare because of the large size and nice color match. You will receive these exact beads pictured. See view A, B, C, D, E.

Size: 38 x 20mm (largest)

$450.00 for 8

Antique red agate faceted Trade Beads German

Faceted Red Agate cut in Germany around the 1800's for African Trade. Carnelian, also known as “red agate,” is a semi-precious gemstone tinted by iron oxides. These beads are long and are slightly graduated on the strand, the longest beads are 40mm in length. Most of the carnelian beads in Africa came originally from India, or from Brazil by way of Idar-Oberstein in Germany. Each beautiful bead is different and unique in its own way. This is a nice matched strand that is 18" long with 12 beads on the strand. See view A, B.

Size: 14 x 40mm

$225 for 12 beads

Antique Bohemian Red Crow Glass Trade Beads Strand of Fancy Venetian White Eye Trade Beads Watermelon Green, Red and White Venetian Chevron Trade Beads

Antique red padre beads trade

These beads are Bohemian red glass crow beads that were trade to Africa many years ago. The beads are cylinder shaped with flat ends. They are a nice cherry red color with a shiny finish that is sought after by collectors. The beads have large holes. Crow beads are large seed beads made in Bohemia (Czech.) They have large holes and this strand is 18" long. See view A, B.

Size: 7-8mm

$30.00 a strand

Antique African Trade Beads White Fancy Venetian

African Trade Bead Strand of Fancy Italian/Venetian Eye beads from the early 1900's. These tube shaped beads are white glass with red and aqua blue eyes and combed feather accents. These antique beads were handmade in Venice using traditional bead making techniques. They are lamp work beads with glass trail decoration. The beads are 12mm in diameter and vary in length from 5-20mm in length. The top of the strand has red, white and blue five layer chevrons. This long strand of beads is on raffia and is 28 " long. It can easily slip over your head. It is from the mid to late 1800's originating from Venice, Italy and collected in Mali, Africa. (We recommend restringing it before wearing) There are a few dings and chips on these antique beads, which add to their beauty and story. You are getting this exact strand of beads. See view A, B, C, D.

Size: 5-20 x 12mm

$220 for strand

Antique Watermelon chevron African trade beads

Early 20th century Venetian 4 layer green, red and white chevrons in a tube shape. Venetian Chevron or star beads are the most beautiful, recognizable and collectable of all of the African "Trade Beads". These antique beads show some minor signs of wear and pitting, which adds to their beauty and story. Nice quality beads made for trade in Africa. Package of 6 See view A, B, C.

Size: 24 x 5mm (average)

$8.00 for 6

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Vintage Bicone Baule Brass Filigree Trade Beads

Ruby Red Translucent Barrel Trade Beads African Antique

Millefiori Italian Glass Trade Bead Tubes - Multi-colored

Vintage Baule Brass Filigree Beads

Vintage African Baule brass beads in a. bicone, oval shape. They are filigree beads made of brass. The beads were handmade in Africa using the traditional lost wax method. They have large holes that are approx. 5mm. You receive 6 beads. See view A, B.

Size: 17 x 10mm

$8.00 for 6 beads

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Antique Cranberry Red Translucent Trade Beads African

These barrel beads are old European glass beads that were traded in Africa in the late 1800's. They are a lovely ruby red translucent glass beads. They are a barrel shape with flat ends and are available in two sizes. Sold in packs of 6 beads. Due to their age these beads have small chips, and pits that are normal for their age and extensive use.- See another view.

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Vintage millefiori red and yellow trade beads glass tubes

These beads are antique Italian/Venetian Millefiori from the early 1900's. The Italians are famous for making these beads. These tube shaped beads are multi-colored with wonderful red cane stars on a white background with yellow accents and bands. They have a black core and average 10mm in diameter, the longest bead is 18mm. You are getting set of 4 beads. See another view.

Size: 18x10mm (varies)

$14 for 4 bead set

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Millefiori Italian Trade Bead Tubes - Christmas Green Red and White Venetian Chevron Trade Beads

Facetted Green Vaseline Trade Beads - Antique

African Trade Millefiori Bead Tubes - Christmas Green

These beads are rare antique Italian/Venetian Millefiori from the early 1900's. The Italians are famous for making these beads. These tube shaped beads have a black inner core with green and white cane eyes and yellow and red stripe accents. They average 10mm in diameter. This color combination is sometimes called Christmas trade beads. You are getting set of 4 beads. See view A, B.

Size: 20 x 10mm (varies)

$14 for 4 bead set

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Red and White Venetian Chevron Trade Beads

Early 20th century Venetian 4 layer red and white chevrons in a tube shape. Venetian Chevron or star beads are the most beautiful, recognizable and collectable of all of the African "Trade Beads". Nice quality beads made for trade in Africa. Package of 6 See view A, B

Size: 5 x 25mm

$7.00 for 6 beads

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Vintage green vaseline Czech glass beads

Facetted translucent emerald green glass trade beads. These bicone beads are old Czech beads that were traded in Ethiopia, Africa in the late 1800's. They were made of uranium glass, more commonly known as Vaseline glass, its popularity can be traced to the 1830s. Vaseline glass typically has a yellow-green hue in daylight and radiates a bright, bold fluorescent green under a black light. The glowing properties are from the uranium oxides and additional fluorescing colorants such as manganese and iron infused into the glass at the molten stage. They are15-16mm in width. Sold in packs of 6 beads. Due to their age these beads have small chips, and pits that are normal for their age and extensive use.- See view A, B, C.

Size: 15-16mm

$12.00 for 6 beads

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Green Kancamba Molded African Trade Beads - Uranium Glass Antique Mali Wedding Beads Blue & Yellow Venetian Striped Awala Trade Beads

Green Kancamba Molded African Trade Beads

These are Kancamba (Kokomba) Molded Trade Beads from Africa. They are a deep green color with splashes of white through out. The beads are molded glass rondelles made in Europe and traded to Africa. The rondelles are uniform in size, 14mm across and 4mm thick. They were made of uranium glass, more commonly known as Vaseline glass, its popularity can be traced to the 1830s. Vaseline glass typically has a yellow-green hue in daylight and radiates a bright, bold fluorescent green under a black light. The glowing properties are from the uranium oxides and additional fluorescing colorants such as manganese and iron infused into the glass at the molten stage. See View A, B.

Size: 14 x 4mm

$5.00 for 12 beads

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Antique Mail Wedding Beads Trade African

Mali wedding beads made in Bohemia in the early 1900s. Interesting bulbous shape with an avg size of 15x25mm. Hole across the top so it can be strung as a pendant. These large antique beads show some signs of wear, which adds to their beauty and story. Mixed colors in a package of 6.

Size: 15x25mm

$15.00 for 6 beads


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Antique blue and yellow Venetian Striped Awala Trade Beads African

Early 20th century Venetian striped beads that are called Awala or Awally beads. These glass beads are tube shaped with flat ends. These beads are a denim blue with yellow stripes. These striped beads were, made for trade in Africa. Package of 12. See view A, B

Size: 4-5mm

$3.00 for 12

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Antique Yellow Prosser Trade Beads 6mm Antique Green Prosser Sliced Glass Trade Beads Antique Cobalt Blue Prosser Trade Beads 6mm

Antique yellow glass Prosser Trade Beads

Strand of antique round Prosser glass beads in a rare lemon yellow color. These are old European made round beads that are nicely matched in size within the strand and generally have large holes. Prosser Beads are named after its inventor, Richard Prosser, who developed the process in Bohemia in the 1830s. Prosser beads can be recognized by the barely visible seam that runs around the center of the outside edge of each bead and by the uniformity of shape and size of beads in a single strand. These strands are approximately 20" long and are from the mid to late 1800's made in Czechoslovakia. See view A, B.

Size: 6mm

$28.00 a strand (One Left)

Antique green Prosser sliced glass beads African Trade

Nice strand of antique sliced Prosser Beads, otherwise known as Button Beads in green. They get their name from their unique shape. These beads originated in the former Czechoslovakia and were made by pressing molten glass. They have been traded in Africa since the late 1800's early 1900's. They are 4mm in width and 9.5 in diameter and they have a 2mm hole. The strand is 23" long and is from the mid to late 1800's made in Czechoslovakia. See view A, B, C.

Size: 9.5 x 4mm

$20.00 a strand (one available)

Antique cobalt prosser bead strands African

Strand of antique round Prosser glass beads in a deep cobalt blue color. This color is often called "Russian Blue" and is just gorgeous. These are old European made round beads that are nicely matched in size within the strand and generally have large holes. Prosser Beads are named after its inventor, Richard Prosser, who developed the process in Bohemia in the 1830s. Prosser beads can be recognized by the barely visible seam that runs around the center of the outside edge of each bead and by the uniformity of shape and size of beads in a single strand. These strands are approximately 20" long and are from the mid to late 1800's made in Czechoslovakia. See view A, B, C.

Size: 6mm

 

$30.00 a strand (one left)

Red & White Venetian Striped Awala Trade Bead Strand Antique Pink Prosser Glass Rounds African Blue Sandcast Beads

Vintage Red and White Venetian Awala Trade Beads

Early 20th century Venetian blue and white striped glass beads in a barrel shape with flat ends. Also called Awala or Awally beads these beads are nice quality and were made for trade in Africa. See view A, B. Strand is 23" long.

Size: 6mm

$22.00 for strand

Antique Pink Prosser Glass Rounds 8mm

This is a strand of 20 Antique Pink Prosser glass beads. Prosser beads were made in a hydraulic press that compressed a cold, moist mixture of finely pulverized materials into cast-iron molds and formed beads ceramic-like finish. They are in a lovely dark pink color. They are made in two part molds, so there is a flat ring around the center. These beads were traded to Africa and show some signs of wear and pitting, which adds to their beauty and story. See view A, B. Circa 1900's

Size: 8-9mm
 

$12.00 for strand

Vintage African Blu sancast beads

These are sandcast glass tube beads in the Akoso style. They were made in Ghana from pulverized glass in turquoise, white and brown colors. The molten glass is poured into a clay mold. These are beautiful colors and will add a wonderful ethnic look to your jewelry. The Ghananians have been making beads in this manner since the 1600s. The strand is 23" long. See another view.

Size: 7mm x 9-12mm

$14.00 a strand

Blue & White Venetian Striped Awala Trade Bead Strand White Heart Trade Beads White Glass Snake African Trade Beads

Vintage African Trade beads blue and white

Early 20th century Venetian teal blue and white striped glass beads in a barrel shape with flat ends. Also called Awala or Awally beads these beads are nice quality and were made for trade in Africa. See view A, B, C. Strand is 25½ inches long.

Size: 4mm

$20.00 for strand

White Heart Trade Beads

Venetian Beads made for trade with Native Americans and Africans. They are usually called "Red White Hearts". The beads are two layer wound beads that are red on the outside and have an opaque white core. Each bead was handmade so the shapes and size vary. Late 1800s, early 1900s

Size: 4-6mm
 

$4.00 for 12

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Vintage white glass snake beads African

Great strand of small white 6mm inter-locking glass "snake" beads with three points. These snake beads are French or Bapterosses and were most likely made in France then traded in Africa. These beads are made to imitate traditional snake vertebra beads. These glass beads are in very good condition. See view A, B. Strand is 14 ½ inches long. Circa 1920's

Size: 6mm

$15.00 for strand Sold

Antique Black Fancy Fried Egg Trade Beads African Green and Yellow Sandcast Beads Green & White Venetian Striped Awala Trade Beads

vintage black and white egg yolk fancy trade beads

Rare strand of antique "Fancy" Venetian glass trade beads. There are two styles of the black and white beads with "Fried Egg" designs. The antique fancy beads were handmade in Venice using traditional bead making techniques, they are lamp work beads with glass trail decoration. This long strand of beads is on raffia and is 33 " long. It can easily slip over your head. It is from the mid to late 1800's originating from Venice, Italy and collected in Mali, Africa. Great condition with a few slight dings. See view A, B, C.

Size: 17mm - 33" long

$240.00 a strand Sold

Vintage Sandcast Green and Yellow African glass beads

These are sandcast glass tube beads in the Akoso style. They were made in Ghana from pulverized glass of green yellow and red colors is poured into a clay mold. These are great muted colors and will add a wonderful ethnic look to your jewelry. The Ghananians have been making beads in this manner since the 1600s. The strand is 18" long. See another view.

Size: 5mm x 9-12mm

$12.00 a strand

Green and white striped Venetian African Trade beads 4mm

Early 20th century Venetian green and white striped glass beads in a barrel shape with flat ends. Also called Awala or Awally beads these beads are nice quality and were made for trade in Africa. Package of 12 -See another view.

Size: 4mm

$3.00 for 12

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