Trade Beads – Glass Striped
These African Trade Beads – Glass Striped are a must have for any bead enthusiast! This strand contains a mix of black and transparent dark green oval beads. Each bead has yellow and red stripes. Also included on this strand is one light green bead with dark blue and white stripes.
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, 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 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 ventured into the North American continent for trade expeditions during the 19th century.
The beads in this strand measure approximately 3/4″ long and are strung on imitation sinew. There are 29 solid beads and 14 transparent beads. Some beads have chips/missing stripes, this is due to their age and manufacturing techniques used.
One of a Kind!
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