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Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Out of Africa - for sale

African glass trade beads, Czech glass, 
brass and copper

Out of Africa is HEAVY!! I used a lot of different African trade beads that I've collected over the years, including some that my sister-in-law brought back for me from her trips to Africa. There are glass mosaic beads, brick red glass greenhearts, pipestone, and sandcast glass beads.  I haven't been to Africa, but I've always been fascinated.

The large tan beads on the outer strand are wound-glass beads, originally made in Hebron, Palestine, centuries ago. The glass makers moved on to several other spots, including Egypt and Turkey, and the beads are still made. These are probably 200 to 300 years old. Not as old as some, but still pretty nifty!

The inner strand adjusts from 18 to 23 inches; the outer strand moves along with it from approximately 25 to 30 inches.  The chain and hook set are natural brass.

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