Trade Bead Necklace with Metal Pendant
Add this Necklace Trade Beads with Metal Pendant to your regalia or your trade bead collection. The crafter strung a variety of antique Trade Beads on a leather cord. You will find Chevrons, Striped Trade Beads, Millefiori Trade Beads, Feather design Trade Beads, Stripe design Trade Beads and yellow disc Trade Beads among others in this assortment. No two are alike! At the bottom, the crafter added a gold colored etched metal pendant in a cross shape. The pendant measures approximately 2.75″ long x a little over 1.75″ at its widest point. It is 1/16″ thick, which gives it some weight. The necklace comes with 59 Trade Beads and measures 15.5″ not including the pendant. Overall the length is about 18.75″. One of a Kind!
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.
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