Trade Beads Antique Wound Glass
Antique Wound Glass Trade BeadsSOLD This Bead Lot comes with over 100 Antique Glass Beads. Most are Cobalt Blue, several are White, some are Clear and a few are a transparent Light Purple color. The largest measures about 22 mm long, some are disc shaped less than 5 mm long, several are Crow Bead size (about 9 mm long). Many have a fine, aged patina. They come strung on a cotton cord about 40" long. One of a Kind!
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History of Trade BeadsFrom the 15th to the 20th century, traders carried European glass beads across the world. Native Americans highly desired glass beads as glass was then an unknown substance in North American. European glass beads, mostly from Venice, some from Holland and, later, from Poland and Czechoslovakia, became popular and sought after by Native Americans. Europeans realized early on that beads were important to Native Americans. Corporations such as the Hudson Bay Trading Company developed lucrative bead-trading markets with them. The Hudson Bay Trading Company was an organized group of explorers who ventured into the North American continent for trade expeditions during the 19th century.
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