Trade Beads Assorted Snake Beads


Bead Lot of Assorted Snake Trade Beads

This Lot of Trade Beads Assorted Snake Beads include Red, Yellow, Blue, Pink and Dark Red beads.  You will also see a few of them in other colors.  Some of the beads come strung on natural fibers. Most of them come loose.  These glass beads are called “SNAKE” trade beads because their shapes are similar to snake vertebrae.  They vary in size from 5 millimeters – 9 millimeters wide (not thickness).  We are selling them as a lot.  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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