Trade Beads – Red Glass

Trade Beads – Red Glass

Trade Beads - Red Glass

These Trade Beads - Red Glass are great for your own crafts or kept as a collectors item! Craftsmen likely made this style of bead by wrapping clear molten glass around a metal rod. They would then layer the brick red glass around the clear glass center. Afterwards the long cane would be divided into small individual beads like the ones here.

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 121 red glass beads on this strand. Strung on natural fiber.
One of a Kind!
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