Trade Beads | A mixed strand with Venetian End of Day, and Thousand Eye to name a few as well as Akoso Beads | Late 19th to early 20th Century | The origins & date of manufacture for Akoso is still in dispute but for the most part, these have been dated to the late 1800s/early 1900s. These beads were made from glass (most likely Venetian beads) which was ground to a fine powder. The powder was then placed in a mold and fired in open air ovens until the powder glass fused into solid glass.
Old Beads Reference Board / Antique Mauritanian Carved Shell Beads | Each bead is had carved by the tribal Berber women from Conus shells and often woven into hair as decoration. They were also traded and used as money within the region | Conservative estimate, these beads are 100 to 200 years old, but some pieces might be even older.
glass acorn by Bullseye Beads on Etsy
Kiffa Beads | One of the photos from Jack DeWitt beautiful series of old bead. Many of the photographs are beads and bead sample cards from the collection of John and Ruth Picard and can be seen at their bead museum in Carmel Valley California. | Jack offers these bead photo either as a blank cards with envelope, or some are also available as striking enlargements.
The above bead is a very rare example of a large green core Bodom Bead from Ghana, ex Thomas Stricker collection, currently in the Billy Steinberg collection, also featured in the book: The History of Beads: From 100,000 B.C. to the Present by:Lois Sherr Dubin