Trade Beads Assorted ChevronsTrade Beads Assorted Chevrons
Trade Beads Assorted Chevrons

Trade Beads Assorted Chevrons

Trade Beads Assorted Chevrons

This lot of Assorted Chevron Trade Beads are a must have for the avid collector! These elegant layered beads usually come in Red, White and Blue, but can also come in other colors. Crafters use them on necklaces, chokers, bags, etc. Living History re-enactors will find them perfect for period correct regalia. Included in this lot are three bags of chevron beads in an assortment of sizes and colors!
Bead makers in Venice, Italy made the first Chevron Beads near the end of the 14th century. Traders carried these layered glass beads to North America and Africa. They are highly desirable due to the complexity of their manufacture. In fact, craftsmen were not permitted to leave their factories in order to prevent them from sharing the technology.

History of Trade Beads

From the 15th to the 20th century, traders carried European glass beads across the world. The beads were highly desired by Native Americans, as glass was then an unknown substance in North American. European glass beads, mostly from Venice, became popular and sought after by Native Americans. Europeans realized early on that beads were important to Native Americans and 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 operated during the 19th century. They ventured into the North American continent for trade expeditions.
There are 10.6 oz of Chevron Trade Beads in this set. The large bag is 5.6 oz, the medium is 2.7 oz, and the small is 2.4 oz.
One of a Kind!
Shop for more Trade Beads!

This item has sold but we have archived it for reference purposes. You may find a similar item available at Please click on the links below to see what we have currently in stock.

We are always interested in buying Native American collections and One of a Kind items. For more information please call us 800-430-2855 or email Chris Bullock at

Categories: BeadsTrade Beads

SKU: 2222-555-276

Shop for Trade Beads