Manufacturer: Venice, Italy
Condition: Used. There is some 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 8 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.
- (8) Antique Venetian Millefiori Glass African Trade Beads - Rare Mixed Elbows
Specifications: This mixed lot of 8 Venetian Millefiori African Trade Beads is from the late 19th - early 20th century. The beads are brightly multi-colored in various mosaic, striped & geometric "watermelon" patterns with mostly black glass centers. The largest bead is just over 1.5 inches (40mm) long, and the smallest is 1-inch (25mm) long. They are approximately 9-12.75mm 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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