Antique Trade Bead Three Strand Necklace
If you love Trade Beads, feast your eyes on this Black, White and Red Necklace! The crafter strung together Feather Beads, Skunk Beads, Black Millefiori Beads, White Center Red Mini Crow Beads, and many more! He added metal dividers and a large metal pendant at the bottom. There are three strands that come together into a single strand at the top. The Necklace measures about 18″ long to the bottom of the pendant. One of a Kind!
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From 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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