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54" Strand Antique Venetian Glass Millefiori African Trade Beads

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Manufacturer: Venice, Italy

Model: Millefiori

Condition: Used. The beads all have some minor pitting, a few chips on some of the ends and signs of normal wear (see photos). They are all in overall good condition considering their age and travels. The photos show the exact item(s) the buyer will receive.

Notes: The photos show the actual beads you will receive. No manuals, cords/cables, or additional items are included if not listed or shown.


  • (1) 54" Strand of Antique Venetian Glass Millefiori African Trade Beads

Specifications: This lot of 58 Millefiori African Trade Beads is from the late 19th - early 20th century. The beads are multi-colored glass in mosaic, watermelon and geometric bead patterns with mostly black centers. The largest elbow bead is approximately 2 inches (50mm) long, it has small chips on both ends. The rest of the beads range in length from 0.4 inches (10mm) to 1.5-inches (38mm). They are approximately 1/2-inch (13mm) in diameter, although because of the handmade process the diameter of each one varies, as can be seen in the photos.

Doug Deal Factoid - Dutch traders were the first Europeans to bring Venetian millefiori beads to West Africa in the late 1400s. The beads were held in high regard by several tribes and were often used as a form of currency.

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