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Antique Venetian/Murano Millefiori Green Glass African Trade Beads (60)

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Manufacturer: Venice, Italy

Model: Millefiori

Condition: Used. The beads all show signs of normal wear, pitting and some have small chips on the ends (see closeup photos). However, they are all in overall good condition considering their age and travels. The photos show the actual 60 beads you will receive. No additional items 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.


  • (60) Antique Venetian/Murano Millefiori Green Glass African Trade Beads


This lot of 60 Venetian Millefiori African Trade Beads is from the late 19th - early 20th century. The beads are in multi-colored glass stripes, watermelons, oviods, etc. designs and mostly black glass centers. They are all approximately 1/2-inch (12-13mm) in diameter, and range in length from 1-1/2-inches (39mm) to just under 0.275-inches (7mm). However, because of the handmade process, the diameter/length of each one varies.
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. Millefiori beads of this era are still sought after by collectors worldwide.

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