25 LBS OLD VINTAGE "CHRISTMAS" "LOVE" TRADE
If you are REALLY interested in this item, please note that for Ebay Live Auction only bids at or above $190 will be successful and meet our reserve. Just found that the beads we have are also referred to as "Christmas" in the U.S. or "Love" beads in West Africa. Here is a rare find from a hoard of old (unused) Bohemian beads made in Czechoslovakia sometime between 1920-50's and exported to Africa. Same type of beads (Item #5028240515) described as "African Christmas Trade beads" sold on Ebay for $31.00. This lot had 6 strands in total length of 204 inches. Our 25 lbs lot if strung would measure 49872 inches, which is 244 times more and would equal to $7578 value, based on the winning bid. The really interesting thing about most of these beads is that unlike the modern Czech beads, these beads are shaped more like old Italian seed beads, being more "donut" shaped instead of "barrel" shaped. This means that the diameter is larger than the thickness, and some of the beads are much like little "ring" donuts. This shape makes old style "overlay" and "lane stich" (lazy stich) beadwork look much better. Replicas made using these old beads as the background just look more authentic! They are also slightly irregular like the old Italian beads. This is huge amount of beads with very low opening bid and NO RESERVE. Weight of this lot is 25 POUNDS. Size range is from #7 to smallest #20 in full scale of colors - transparent, opaque and striped beads. To show better detail, pictured is (washed) randomly picked and strung assortment, which is 58 inches long, contains 900 beads and weighs 13.2 grams. To save you some time, here are some figures (based on the pictured assortment) what is, or what can you do with 25 pounds : Approximately 773863 beads - yes over 3/4 million beads, if strung with no spacers the length would be 4156 feet, a strand almost mile long!!!! The beads accumulated some dust over the years and will need a wash. If you ever wanted to duplicate an old Native American or African artifact but lacked the proper beads then these are perfect for you. Photo is enlarged to show better detail. Please email for larger, detailed photos.
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