Manufacturer: Venice, Italy
Condition: Used. The beads are strung on two cords of older rafia and would have to be restrung. 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 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.
- (50) Antique Venetian/Murano Millefiori Glass African Trade Beads Watermelons
Specifications: Two strands (50 beads) of Venetian Millefiori African Trade Beads from the late 19th - early 20th century. The beads are multi-colored (green, yellow, red, blue and white glass) in the traditional watermelon design. The beads are approximately 1.2 inches (30mm) long, and are approximately 1/2-inch (13mm) in diameter, although because of the handmade process the diameter 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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