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Wedding Trade Beads Bohemian Baby Globular Africa

Regular Price: $89.00

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Title Wedding Trade Beads Bohemian Baby Globular Africa
Type of Object Molded glass
Made In Europe
Traded In Africa
Approximate Age Mid 20th century
Overall Condition Fair
Damage/Repair Chips, pitting, cracks and general wear
Bead Size 12 mm diameter. See picture with penny for size comparison.
Strand Length 25 inches (including string/raffia).

Additional information: "Wedding Beads" were made in the Czech Republic specifically for the African trade in the 1950s and started being exported from Africa to the US and Europe in the 1980s.

These beads come in several different shapes, colors and patterns. One of the most popular shape is the round tear drop. Another attractive shape is the flat tear drop. "Wedding beads" also were made as flat tabular shapes, stylized claw shapes and other varieties.

You can read more about these beads in COLLECTIBLE BEADS (Liu) and you can see examples of them being worn in Africa in AFRICA ADORNED (Fisher).