Do Any Of These Look Like Trade Beads?

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  1. Well-Known Member

    I don't really think they do, but I know diddlysquat about trade beads. All of the pics are close up and do not show the whole necklace. The rest of the necklaces are the same - no clasps.






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  2. Hollyblue

    Hollyblue Well-Known Member

    Top photo looks like bone hair pipes,not sure what the striped beads are.
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  3. Barn Owl

    Barn Owl Well-Known Member

    I wonder if the purple and square glass ones could be Czech
  4. quirkygirl

    quirkygirl likes pretty old things

    Hi! I think the bottom ones (painted) may be Peruvian.
  5. reader

    reader Well-Known Member

    And I think the top black/white stripe are copied from African trade beads unless they are glass but the stripe pattern definitely existed. I can’t tell the material on my phone. What are those made of?
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  6. Well-Known Member

    Thanks everyone for the opinions. @reader - I'm not sure what either of the beads are made of...

    The longer beads look more like wood to me than bone, but I wouldn't stake my life on it.

    The round striped beads also look like wood, but the striping reminds me more of a nut of some sort. The round beads are solid, not hollow.
  7. reader

    reader Well-Known Member

    Thanks and sorry I can’t help but the pattern definitely existed in vintage African trade beads.
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  8. Well-Known Member

    Thanks reader!

    After looking at the longer beads, I think they are bone like Holly suggested. They feel slightly cooler to the touch than wood. The round ones still stump me.

    You gave me a direction to go towards - I'll try doing more research.
  9. Jivvy

    Jivvy the research is my favorite

    I kept thinking those round beads in the first necklace were ground glass beads (most likely from Ghana) , but couldn't find the pattern.

    Today I found what looks like a better option "pumtek" beads from Myanmar. As you have them in hand, it's better you look ( and look at multiple pages, because it's the internet and not all information is created equal, lol).

    Last edited: Mar 17, 2019
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  10. Well-Known Member

    Thank you jivvy! They do look very similar - I'll have to pull the necklace out and compare it to the blog.
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