Manufacturer: Venice, Italy
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- (23) Antique Venetian Glass Millefiori African Trade Beads - Mixed Large
Specifications: This 28" Strand of Venetian Millefiori African Trade Beads is from the late 19th - early 20th century. The beads are brightly multi-colored in various mosaic & geometric patterns with black glass centers. There are 23 beads total; 20 are matched mustard-yellow watermelons, 3 are not (see photos). They are approximately 10-13mm in diameter, although because of the handmade process the size of each one varies.
Doug Deal Factoid - Dutch traders were the first Europeans to bring Venetian millefiori beads to West Africa in the late 1400's. The beads were held in high regard by several tribes and were often used as a form of currency. Millefiori beads of this era are still sought after by collectors worldwide.
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