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Antique Venetian Millefiori Glass African Trade Beads (51)

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Manufacturer: Venice, Italy

Model: Millefiori

Condition: Used.

There is some minor wear, pitting, and small chips in some of the beads. However, they are in overall good condition considering their age & travels and will make a great addition to any collection. The photos show the actual beads you will receive. No additional accessories are included.
The photos show the exact item(s) the buyer will receive.

Notes: No manuals, cords/cables, or additional items are included if not listed or shown.


  • (51) Antique Venetian Millefiori Glass African Trade Beads


There are 51 Antique Millefiori Glass African Trade Beads total in the traditional "watermelon" design, all strung on non-antique 32" raffia cord. The beads are brightly colored in lime green, yellow, white, blue, red, and black glass. All are from the late 19th - early 20th century, the beads are approximately 0.325"-0.425" (9-10mm) in diameter and just over 1/2-inch in length. However, because of their handmade process, the size of each one varies slightly. 
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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