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Venetian Trade Beads Tiny Matched COOPER COLLECTION

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Special Price $72.00 Regular Price $95.00
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Made In Venice
Traded In Africa
Approximate Age Early 1900s
Overall Condition Good. A few large pits. Some of these beads have traveled at least three continents, and have graced numerous owners. Small chips, corrosion, and pitting are a normal part of their patina attesting to their age and extensive use.
Damage/Repair Tiny chips and pits
Bead Size 6-8 mm diameter. See picture with penny for size comparison (US penny is 19mm diameter).
Strand Length 26 inches (includes string/raffia)

From the collection of Austin Cooper, whose collection, built over 30 years, contained superb examples of ancient beads, Venetian and other European trade beads, Bodom, Akoso, and Kiffa beads, Jatim and other rare Asian beads. Austin had a superb eye, and Africa Direct is proud to be able to offer his beads, his legacy, many of which are of a quality rarely available today.

This strand is not intended to be a ready-to-wear necklace. Although the strand can be worn "as is," the raffia holding it together is not durable and may break with use. For this reason, we recommend that you restring the beads before wearing them.

Recommended Reading: HISTORY OF BEADS (Dubin)