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Kakamba beads   BE720.   Kakamba beads - $18.US/strand   (#2 is available, all others are sold)
Kakamba beads   BE724.   Kakamba beads - $18.US/strand   (#1 & #4 are available)
Russian blues trade beads   BE761.   Beautiful antique Russian blues.  Strand #1 has 26+ inches of beads which are very bright when light shines through them.    Strand #2 has 30 inches of beads averaging 7/8 inches in length.    Strand #3 has 23 inches of short bright dark blue beads.    Strand #4 has 26 inches of facet tubular beads in a variety of shapes and sizes.   $140.US/each strand.   (#4 is available)
Kakamba beads - restrung   BE773.   There are two strands of restrung kakamba beads here, both interesting and a little different than the usual strands.  Strand #1 has beads knotted onto cord with the strand measuring 33 inches around.  The mainly toffee coloured beads have great bits of red and green running through them.   $65.US.   Strand #2 is strung up as a necklace but rather messily done.  It could use a re-stringing.  The blue beads are in two sizes so the necklace has the appearance of being graduated.  There are 21 inches of beads.  $25.US.   (#1 is available, #2 is sold)
blue glass beads   BE776.   There are two strands of Russian blues here.  Strand #1 is 24 inches long - $85.US.   Strand #2 is 21 inches long - $85.US.  (#1 is available, #2 is sold)
blue glass beads   BE777.   These blue beads were made from the grindings of broken trade beads, but re-made in Africa.  They are known as "Aggrey beads".  Strand #1 is 26 inches long - $75.US.    Strand #2 is 26 inches long - $75.US.
blue glass beads   BE779.   Strand #1 is a nicely mixed strand of blue beads - slightly under 20 inches long - $80.US.    Strand #2 is 20 inches long - $55.US.   (#2 is available, #1 is sold) 
melon beads   BE781.   Strand #1 of the watermelon beads is 21 inches long.  $45.US.    Strand #2 is 24 inches long.  $55.US.    Strand #3 is just under 24 inches long.  $55.US.   (#2 is available)
black facet beads   BE783.   These vintage facet Czech beads are 7/16 inch in diameter and 15 inches in length.  $45.US.
African trade beads   BE789.   Here are two groups of blue beads, quite different from each other.  Strand #1 is 9 3/4 inches long.  $65.US.   Strand #2 is made of 11 inches of African made beads, known as Aggrey beads and thought to have a magic essence to them.  The 5 fat beads at one end  come from an old collection and combine 2 different colours of blue - they are quite rare.   $85.US.   (#2 is available)
kakamba beads   BE982.   Kakamba $22.US/each strand.   (all are now sold)
kakamba beads   BE983.   Kakamba $22.US/each strand.   (all are now sold)
kakamba beads   BE984.   Kakamba $22.US/each strand.   (all are now sold)
red spotted beads   BE997.   There are 24 inches of the red spotted beads.   $155.US.
French cross beads   BE1009.   French cross beads - $45.US/each strand.   (#3 is available)
French cross beads   BE1010.   French cross beads - $45.US/each strand.  
French cross beads   BE1011.   French cross beads - $40.US/each strand.
glass snake beads   BE1014.   Antique glass snake beads - $32.US/each strand.   (#3 is available)
glass snake beads   BE1015.   Antique glass snake beads - $32.US/each strand.  

glass snake beads   BE1019.   Antique glass snake beads - $32.US/each strand.   (#1 and #3 are available, #2 is sold)
trade beads   BE1023.   This strand of antique glass trade beads made in Venice is just over 32 inches long.  The beads are smaller and more delicate than the strand above.  $250.US. 
vaseline beads   BE1024.   There are two very different strands of antique vaseline beads illustrated here.  Strand #1 is 28 inches long combining both green and red.  $75.US.   Strand #2 is 26 inches long with a wider variety of beads.  $110.US.
trade beads   BE1026.   33 inches of beads with the fattest one in the front being 3/4 inch in diameter.
glass snake beads   BE1028.   average 22+ inches of beads.     $28.US/each strand
glass snake beads   BE1030.   average 22 inches of beads on the strand.   $28.US.
gooseberry & blue beads   BE1034.   23 inches of beads on each strand.   $65.US/each strand   (#1 & #2 are available)
Russian blues   BE1035.   20 inches of beads on each strand.   $65.US/each strand  (#1 & #2 are available)
Russian blues   BE1036.   25 inches of beads on each strand.   $65.US/each strand
Russian blues   BE1037.   28 inches of beads on each strand.   $120.US/each strand   (#2 is available)
spotted red beads   BE1039.   35 inches of beads per strand.   $250.US/each strand  (#1 and #2 are available)
red spotted beads   BE1040.   23 inches of beads per strand.   $165.US/each strand   (#1 & #2 are available)
black spotted beads   BE1042.   Strand #1 ia 18 inches long.  Strand #2 is 20 inches long.  $155.US/each strand   (#2 is sold, #1 is available)
spotted black beads Venetian    BE1043.   Strand #1 has 18 inches of beads.   $155.US/each strand    (#1 is sold, #2 & #3 are available)
spotted black beads   BE1044.   Strand #1 is 19 inches long.   $155.US/each strand
kakamba beads   BE1045.   Kakamba beads - $20.US/each strand   (#2 is available)
kakamba beads   BE1048.   Kakamba beads - $20.US/each strand   (#4 is available)
kakamba beads   BE1049.   Kakamba beads - $20.US/each strand   (#4 is available)
dice beads   BE1055.   Dice beads - $22.US.
tube beads   BE1058.   These tubular beads average 22-24 inches long.  $50.US/each strand   (#1 & #2 are sold)
vaseline beads   BE1061.   The strands of vaselines with mixed beads are just under 24 inches long.  $65.US/each strand
vaseline beads   BE1063.   Strand #1 is all yellow vaselines and 25 inches long.   Strand #2 has a mix of yellow and green vaselines and is 23 inches long.  $50.US/each strand
vaseline beads   BE1064.   These two strands have been put together like necklaces with clasps but the job was not done very well and they should be re-done.  Strand #1 is 28 inches long.   Strand #2 is 30 inches long.  $60.US/each strand   (#1 is available)
trade beads   BE1065.   These are very nice beads that I have rarely had for sale.  They are quite light weight and measure 30 inches per strand.  $60.US/each strand   (#1 is available)
trade beads   BE1071.   These beads are $75.US/each strand.  Strand #1 is 30 inches long.  Strand #2 is 34 inches long.  
blue trade beads   BE1072.   Strand #1 is 30 inches long, Strand #2 is 33 inches long.  $75.US/each strand
millefiore beads   BE1077.   Venetian trade beads are mixed with African bauxite on this 30 inch long strand.  $95.US
striped trade beads   BE1078.   This is a lovely 34 inch long strand of "good" beads.  The tubular ones have a dark green inner core - green hearts.  $145.US
millefiore beads   BE1079.   This 25 inch long strand of trade beads (made in Venice) has some attractive curved ones.  $110.US
trade beads   BE1080.   There are two strands here - Strand #1 is 19 inches long and pale blue.  $25.US.   Strand #2 are 24 inches of grass green chevrons with a small yellow jacket bead included.  $35.US.   (#2 is available)
trade beads   BE1081.   There are three strands of trade beads here.  The outside strand #1 is23 inches long and formed to look like coral although the yellow is not a coral colour.  They are interesting beads though.  $35.US.   The red beads #2  has 23 inches of beads in it.  $18.US.   Strand #3 is 20 inches long.  $18.US.   (#1 is sold, #2 & #3 are on hold)
Czech beads  
BE1084.   I have four Czech glass amulet beads.  The three larger ones are 1 inch across (25mm), and the small one is 5/8 inch across.   $95.US/for the group
kakamba  
BE1089.   Strand #1 of these kakamba beads has 22 inches of beads on it.  You can use that as a comparison with the other strands.   $22.US/each strand   (#1 is available, the rest are sold)
kakamba   BE1090.  
Strand #1 of these kakamba beads has 22 inches of beads on it.  You can use that as a comparison with the other strands.   $22.US/each strand   (#2, #3 & #4 are available, the rest are sold)
kakamba   BE1091.   Strand #1 of these kakamba beads has 22 inches of beads on it.  You can use that as a comparison with the other strands.   $22.US/each strand   (#2 & #3 are available)
kakamba   BE1092.   Strand #1 of these kakamba beads has 26.5 inches of beads on it.  You can use that as a comparison with the other strands.   $22.US/each strand   (#1, #3, & #4 are available)
kakamba   BE1093.   Strand #1 of these kakamba beads has 21 inches of beads on it.  You can use that as a comparison with the other strands.   $22.US/each strand   (#1 is available, the rest are sold)
kakamba   BE1094.   Strand #1 of these kakamba beads has 21 inches of beads on it.  You can use that as a comparison with the other strands.   $22.US/each strand   (#2 & #3 are sold)
kakamba   BE1095.   Strand #1 of these kakamba beads has 21 inches of beads on it.  You can use that as a comparison with the other strands.   $22.US/each strand   (#4 is sold)
kakamba   BE1096.   Strand #1 of these kakamba beads has 24 inches of beads on it.  You can use that as a comparison with the other strands.   $22.US/each strand   (#1 & #2 are sold)
kakamba   BE1098.   Strand #1 of these kakamba beads has 22 inches of beads on it.  You can use that as a comparison with the other strands.   $22.US/each strand   (#4 is available, the rest are sold)
kakamba   BE1099.   Strand #1 of these kakamba beads has 25 inches of beads on it.  You can use that as a comparison with the other strands.   $22.US/each strand
kakamba   BE2000.   Strand #1 of these kakamba beads has 21 inches of beads on it.  You can use that as a comparison with the other strands.   $22.US/each strand  (#1 is on hold. #2 & #3 are available)
kakamba   BE2001.   Strand #1 of these kakamba beads has 26 inches of beads on it.  You can use that as a comparison with the other strands.   $22.US/each strand   (#3 is sold) 
kakamba   BE2002.   Strand #1 of these kakamba beads has 22 inches of beads on it.  You can use that as a comparison with the other strands.   $22.US/each strand   (#1 is available, #2 & #3 are sold)
kakamba   BE2003.   Strand #1 of these kakamba beads has 26 inches of beads on it.  You can use that as a comparison with the other strands.   $22.US/each strand   (#2 & #4 are available)
Russian blues   BE2008.  
Strand #1 of these Russian blues is 24 inches long.  You can use that as a comparison to the other strands.  $160.US/each strand
Russian blues   BE2009.   Strand #1 of these Russian blues is 24 inches long.  You can use that as a comparison to the other strands.   $160.US/each strand
Russian blues   BE2010.   Strand #1 of these Russian blues is 28 inches long.  You can use that as a comparison to the other strands.   $160.US/each strand   (#1 is sold, #2 is available)
Russian blues   BE2011.   Strand #1 of these Russian blues is 30 inches long.  You can use that as a comparison to the other strands.  $250.US/each strand
African trade beads   BE2012.   Strand #1 of these African trade beads (made in Venice) is 30 inches long.   Strand #2 is 28 inches long.   Strand #3 is 27 inches long.  $165.US/each strand  (#1 & #3 are sold, #2 is available)
African trade beads   BE2013.   Strand #1 of these African trade beads (made in Venice) 30 inches long.   Strand #2 is 28 inches long.  $165.US/each strand   (#1 is available, #2 is sold)
African trade beads   BE2015.   Strand #1 of these Venetian made African trade beads is 31 inches long.   Strand #2 is 30 inches long.  $165.US/each strand
African trade beads   BE2017.   This strand of African trade beads, known as "good beads" is 34 inches long.  $165.US
red white hearts   BE2018.    This strand is 20 inches of skinny glass brick coloured white hearts.  $65.US.
African trade beads kakamba   BE2020.   Kakamba beads, $22.US/strand
African trade beads kakamba   BE2021.  
Kakamba beads, $22.US/strand
African trade beads kakamba   BE2022.   Kakamba beads, $22.US/strand
African trade beads kakamba   BE2023.   Kakamba beads, $22.US/strand
African trade beads kakamba   BE2024.   Kakamba beads, $22.US/strand
African trade beads kakamba   BE2025.   Kakamba beads, $22.US/strand
African trade beads kakamba   BE2026.   Kakamba beads, $22.US/strand
African trade beads kakamba   BE2027.   Kakamba beads, $22.US/strand
African trade beads kakamba   BE2028.   Kakamba beads, $22.US/strand
African trade beads kakamba   BE2029.   Kakamba beads, $22.US/strand
African trade beads kakamba   BE2030.   Kakamba beads, $22.US/strand
African trade beads kakamba   BE2031.   Kakamba beads, $22.US/strand
African trade beads kakamba   BE2032.   Kakamba beads, $22.US/strand
African trade beads   BE2033.   The antique beads in strand #1 are Venetian made, lampwork criss-cross trailed with pink stripes and dotted with dark colours.  There are a little more than 22 inches of beads on the strand averaging 7-9mm in diameter.   $135.US.   Strand #2 is made of opaque Russian blue beads.  There are 23 inches of beads on the strand.  $75.US. 
African trade beads   BE2034.   There are 44 inches of Czech beads on this strand.  They average 7/8 inches long.  The beads actually reflect colours in the way that opal does - they are quite wonderful.  $65.US.
African trade beads King   BE2035.   I searched for King beads this year and most of the prices have become unrealistic.  I was lucky to find this partial strand instead.  The entire strand is 35 inches long, and 20 1/2 inches of that is made up of green King beads.  I believe that the single coloured glass beads are antique Chinese beads but I am not a hundred percent sure.  It is a nice collection though and there are two unusually decorated beads among the Kings.  $300.US/strand
African trade beads   BE2036.   This is a lovely fat strand of black and white antique Venetian trade beads.  I love the swirls.  There are 34 inches of beads on the strand.  $275.US
African trade beads   BE2037.   These black and white pinched beads are antique, and are Venetian made.  Every once in a while a bead has a little tinge of colour to it.  There are 29 inches of beads on the strand with one broken one.  $265.US
African trade beads   BE2038.   These two strands of antique Venetian trade beads were too beautiful not to bring home.  I always enjoy the fine smooth finish on the high end glass that was used and the subtlety in the bits of colour here and there.  These are long strands with 35-36 inches of beads on each one.   $265.US/each strand
African trade beads aluminum   BE2039.   These beads are made from aluminum, generally pots and utensils that have been melted down.  They are not really "trade beads" as they were produced in Africa, but I wound up putting them on this page anyway....  $32.US/each strand   (#1 & #3 are sold, #2 is available)
African trade beads aluminum   BE2040.  
These beads are made from aluminum, generally pots and utensils that have been melted down.  They are not really "trade beads" as they were produced in Africa, but I wound up putting them on this page anyway....  $28.US/each strand   (there are two strands available)
antique Venetian trade beads   BE683.   These three strands all consist of antique glass beads from Venice, traded into Africa, worn there for decades and are now strung into strands according to the African aesthetic.  The beads average 28 inches in length and have an interesting variety of beads on them.   $65.US/each strand.   (#2 is sold, #1 & #3 are available)
kakamba   BE690.   Kakamba beads.   $18.US/strand   (#2 & #3 are available)
kakamba   BE692.   Kakamba beads.   $18.US/strand   (#3 is available)
snake beads   BE705.   These beads are called "snake beads" as they resemble the spine of the snake.   $18.US/each strand   (#3 is available, the others are sold)
vaseline seafoam   BE706.   There are two strands here of the old worn seafoam vaseline beads.  Strand #1is over 26 inches long, with the fattest bead just under 3/4 inche in diameter.   Strand #2 is 26 inches long.    $240.US/each strand
green vaselines   BE708.   Here are more old green vaseline beads, made in Czechoslovakia/Bohemia and traded into Africa.  The strands average 29 inches in length and have a great variety of shades of colour to them.  The subtlety of colour only exists in the old beads, not in the new ones.   $85.US/each strand   (#2 is available)
watermelons   BE709.   $22.US/each strand   (#2 is available)
trade beads  
BE449.   $22.US each strand  (#7 is available)
trade beads   BE469.   $22.US each strand  (#4 is available)
   BE470.   The baby chevrons are $22.US/each strand.   (#3 is available)
beads   BE473.   $18.US/strand   (#2 is available, the others are sold)
   BE482.   Kakamba - $18.US/each strand   (#2 is available)
   BE484.   Kakamba - $18.US/each strand    (#7 is available)
African trade beadsafrica    BE509.   Strand #1 of these "good beads" is 28 inches long.  One of the striped beads at the front is broken.  The other beads look quite good for all of the years that they have lived through.  There is an excellent variety of beads here, some of which sell for quite a bit on their own.  $95.US.   Strand #2 is a chevron style strand of "good beads".  They are not officially chevrons but duplicate the look by having layers of colour making stripes down the length of the beads.  I find them very attractive in their quiet nature.   $95.US.    (#2 is available)
African trade beads    BE516.   These beads average 28 inches.  Each strand certainly has its own personality - these are not perfect beads, but very nice ones nevertheless.  $95.US/each strand.   (#4 is available)
African trade beads    BE520.   Here is a small variety of Venetian chevron beads.  Strand #1 is made up of antique 4-layer Venetian beads.  The strand is 24 inches long and waiting to become part of a necklace...  $200.US.   Strand #2 is 27 inches long and made of tubular 4-layer chevrons.   $50.US.   Strand #3 is made of tubular 4-layer green chevrons.  It is just under 24 inches long.  $55.US.   (#3 is available, #1 & #2 are sold)
African trade Venetian striped beads   BE533.   These three strands are all different, good sized and interesting.  Strand #1 is 21 inches long.  The beads at the front average 1/2 inch in diameter.  There is a number of layered chevron beads included - of various layers.   $135.US.   Strand #3 is 23 inches long with beads averaging 1/2 inch in diameter.  This is a calm and comfortable colour.   $110.US.   Strand #4 is 19 inches long.  2/3 of the strand are chevrons.  The others are interesting stripes, some with clear centers.   $135.US.   (#1 & #2 are available, the others are sold)
Venetian beads   BE599.   This is a 25 inch long strand of Venetian trade beads in warm colours - the sun shines here.  In between the brighter beads there are some wonderful little four sided beads of dark green and yellow.  They are intriguing.   $95.US.  
Venetian beads   BE600.   This is a long 33 inch long strand of Venetian beads.  There are three wonderful oval beads (7/8 inch long) with roses on them.  One bead has a small chip on it but the other two are in excellent condition.  There are some other interesting single beads thrown in the strand as well.   $195.US.
Venetian beads   BE603.   Chrome yellow is a very attractive colour and strangely enough it mixes well with a whole range of other colours.  There are chips here and there on a few of the beads but in general these are in good condition.  They date from the 1800s and there are some very curious beads tucked in.  There are 6 oval beads with delicate and different squiggles on them.   $185.US.
Venetian watermelon beads   BE617.   Watermelon chevrons - $22.US/each strand   (#2 is available, all others are sold)       
antique red white heart tubular beads   BE667.   Red white-heart beads - $18.US/each strand.   (#5 is available)
watermelon trade beads   BE668.   Melon beads from Venice - $28.US/each strand.   (#1 is available, the others are sold)
watermelon beads   BE669.   Melon beads from Venice - $28.US/each strand.   (#2 is available, the others are sold)
kakamba beads   BE670.   Kakamba beads - $18.US/each strand.   (#1 is available, the others are sold)

   BE422.   There are two strands of dotted black beads here.  Strand #1 is 27 inches long.  It has some very attractive beads on it like the drawn rectangular one at the end of one side of the strand.  Many of the beads are rectangular too - much more unusual than the round.   It looks old and attractive.   $145.US.   Strand #2 is also 27 inches long, has old beads of varying qualities.  The beads are nicely and gently graduated.   $145.US.  (#2 is available)
   BE393.   There are two strands of 19th century Venetian trade beads here.  The inner strand is just under 21 inches long with beads averaging just over 1/4 inch in diameter.  They are attractive tubulars of rich grass green with chrome yellow swirls and brick coloured dashes on them.  The outer strand is just over 21 inches in length and a combo of twisted and plain yellow streaks around the black beads.  $85.US./each strand.   (#1 is available, #2 is sold)



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