These are from a larger collection of four beaded necklaces. These weigh 456g to 644g. I was unable to weigh them accurately because the raffia is stiff.
These are strung in the original raffla as found. Photo 2 shows the bead with a smooth surface, but a sunken appearance. Photo 3 illustrates some of the pitting and fading you will find on these beads. Photo 6 shows a second bead with a broken opening/ edge. Photo 7 shows the last bead that I could find with a chip.
I noticed no obvious notable color loss on any of the beads. I did note time and age related wear other than the magnified photos. These traveled several continents from the Venetians, to the Dutch traders, and they made their way to America or Africa.
I did not find any obvious breaks or cracks. These were owned by 90+ year-old lady and kept in the family. We are listing three other necklaces from her same collection. This was hung in her showcase cabinet for many decades with no, or little use.The beads are a variety of sizes. Note the 4 of the largest size. Five of the medium size are photographed. There are 14 of the smaller beads. Please write with any questions; we will respond promptly.
Brought to you by a pet and smoke-free home and estate. Please write and ask for any additional photos or ask any questions. The item "Antique Chevron Venetian trade bead Native American Indian 1800-1900 6 layer 23" is in sale since Saturday, March 24, 2018. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Beads\1800-1950". The seller is "369george" and is located in Merlin, Oregon.
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