Native American Glass Trade Beads

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Powder glass beads are a type of necklace ornamentation. The earliest such beads were discovered during archaeological excavations at Mapungubwe in South Africa , and dated to between CE. Manufacturing of the powder glass beads is now concentrated in West Africa , particularly in the Ghana area. The origins of beadmaking in Ghana are unknown, but the great majority of powder glass beads produced today is made by Ashanti and Krobo craftsmen and women.

by Luda Hunter / Gemila Jewels | Necklace; old rare African Trade beads dating back to the early s are combined with Moroccan Berber silver charms and.

The History of. Trade Beads by O. Ned Eddins. Uses by permission. October 12, , Columbus recorded in his logbook the natives of San Salvador Island were given red caps and glass beads. This is the earliest written record of glass beads in the Americas. His ships carried glass beads along with other European trade goods.

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To browse Academia. Skip to main content. Log In Sign Up. Papers People. The Ehler site 12Hu is the location of a portion of the early 19th-century Miami Myaamia settlement at the forks of the Wabash in present-day Huntington County, Indiana.

Trade Beads | Bohemian “Melon” Beads with a few cornerless cubes | Date: Mid- to late s.

Seven Layer Chevron Bead. A Speo Bead. Baule Face Bead. Black Decorated Bead. Tabular Bead. Large Chevron Bead. Yellow Black Swirl Bird. Millefiori Bead. Late s Click image to enlarge. The holds of the ships of those who followed contained a variety of trade goods: trinkets, iron knives, guns, kettles, hatchets, broadcloth and beads, beads, beads. As space permits, we will give a general description of trade bead migration chronologically by geographic region, sectioning North America into ten regions.

Records of the period are scarce, so we have to rely largely on archeological site reports for our information. We will cover the time period from to during which the beads entered the continent with explorers, fur trade companies and immigrants establishing settlements for the purpose of making or breaking ties with their mother countries.

We will start in the North Central region and work our way to Eastern Canada, then south through New England and the Central Atlantic region to the Southeastern region; at which point we will travel west to the Mississippi Delta and into the Great Lakes region.

Trade Beads in Historical Archaeology

Show full item record. Towards refining the classification of glass trade beads imported into Southern Africa from the 8th to the 16th century AD Login. JavaScript is disabled for your browser. Some features of this site may not work without it.

Dating back to the late 19th century, the Cornaline d’aleppo beads are some of the most treasured beads amongst collectors because of their rich color. Cornaline.

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How to Date Antique Chevron Trade Beads

The first European explorers and colonists gave Native Americans glass and ceramic beads as gifts and used beads for trade with them. Native Americans had made bone, shell, and stone beads long before the Europeans arrived in North America, and continued to do so. However, European glass beads, mostly from Venice, some from Holland and, later, from Poland and Czechoslovakia, became popular and sought after by Native Americans.

The Hudson Bay Trading Company was an organized group of explorers who ventured into the North American continent for trade expeditions during the 19th century. The availability of glass beads increased, their cost decreased, and they became more widely used by Indians throughout North America.

Dec 7, – A set of two rare black Akossu beads from Ghana | Date: late s – early s. African Trade Beads. African Trade Beads. More information.

During the last five centuries, European trade beads markedly influenced political economies at multiple scales. Columbus introduced glass trade beads to the New World, and the Portuguese introduced later European beads to much of sub-Saharan Africa, beginning with coastal regions in West Africa. Bead production in Amsterdam, in Venice, and at locations in Bohemia gained momentum in the seventeenth century.

The Dutch, Spanish, English, and French widely distributed European glass trade beads and exchanged them for desired items, needed services, and slaves in the lands bordering the Atlantic and Indian oceans. The Spanish mission period in Florida — and the late seventeenth-century to eighteenth-century fur trade of northwestern North America are notable examples. Explorers, such as Richard Skip to main content Skip to table of contents. This service is more advanced with JavaScript available.

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Aug 24, – Trade Beads | “Green hearts” or “Hudson Bay” bead | Date s – s.

Living near Seattle, I see the Los Angeles-based Traders at the end of their route when they cut prices before turnaround for another buying trip. My markups are more coin-market than jewelry or gallery pricing, so I often sell in volume to crafters, manufacturers, and dealers. I am not an expert. Only minimal research has been done, and you may learn more about particular types from Dubin, Liu, Francis, and other works. Most bead types have no widely accepted names, so those given below are collector terms, African names, or my own made-up descriptive terms.

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