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  • Antique Venetian Glass African Trade Beads

    $95.00
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    This item consists of 25 Antique Venetian Glass African Trade Beads, ranging in length from 0.375" (9 mm) to 1.625" (41mm) with nine of the beads over 1" (26mm) long.  All are in the Millefiori design made from famed Murano glass.  Millefiori means "Thousand Flowers" and the beads are so named because of their characteristic floral motifs.  As is common with these beads, there are  variations in design: 22 have a floral pattern with a brown ringed orange-yellow center and a cobalt blue background with white lines; 2 have the same color palette but smaller brown and orange-yellow dots on a cobalt blue background with white stripes that ring the bead; and one bead has small dots with a blue and black background and larger yellow dots along the edges.  All have irregular shapes with some having a center curve.  There are also differences in bead diameters (from 0.3125" or 8mm to 0.4375" or 11m) and in hole sizes (from 0.125" or 3mm to 0.1875" or 5mm).  These Antique Venetian Glass African Trade Beads are in very good condition, although some have imperfections such as chips which is common in these type of beads of this age.