Trade Beads | Opalescent Moon Beads | Made in Europe for the Africa trade in the mid 1800s. | The origin and period of these rare opalescent beads are uncertain. They have been attributed to Venice, Bohemia, Germany and the Netherlands, where they are called “18th century Amsterdams.” The beads can be found on the sample cards of a prominent London merchant named Moses Lewin Levin that are dated 1851-1869. | The beads were favored by the natives of Nigeria. | 4'025.00$ for the strand.
Africa Trade Beads | A strand of Venetian, oval, four layer beads, known as onion skin. They date from the late 1800`s to the early 1900`s. | The layers, from the core outwards, are blue, white, blue and yellow and translucent.
Trade Beads: Rare, 17th century, Chevron beads It is claimed that Maria Barovier "invented" the Rosetta bead in the late fifteenth century. It was later called a chevron bead by Northern European merchants. Rosetta beads have always played an important and valued role in trade with the colonies. They are present throughout Africa in ceremonial costumes and royal treasuries, and they are always considered valuable savings. Age of beads late 1800s - early 1900s. Trade Winds Junction…
A strand of blue Hebron beads dating to the late 1700`s and originating from The Dead Sea. | They were imported into Nigeria in the early 1900`s by the Hauser traders. | Usually very eroded and gnarly in appearance. Blue Hebrons are the most difficult to find, with Green in second place, and yellow being the most 'common'.