Trade Beads – Venetian French Cross
These Trade Beads – Venetian French Cross will make for a great addition to any collection! Bead makers would create this style of trade bead by hand. Layers upon layers of molten glass would be added onto the bead to create each design. Subsequently, no two “French Crosses” on this strand are alike!
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.
The beads on this strand are white with red and blue “crosses.” They are strung on a natural fiber and measure from 3/8″ to 1/2″ long.
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