Trade Beads Venetian Yellow Cross
These Antique Venetian Yellow Cross Trade Beads are a must have for any bead enthusiast! Yellow Cross beads are a rare and special bead for the discerning crafter. This strand of 60+ oval beads are strung on natural fiber. Each bead is a mustard color yellow with a multicolor cross on each side. The crosses are of different widths and design on each bead.
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.
There are approx. 60 beads on the strand, each measuring from approximately 10mm. Some beads have minor chips, this is a testament to their age.
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