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2978-2017) Strand of faceted light to dark blue color Russian fur trade era glass beads. This strand measures around 32" in length and has beads that range from 3/16" to 5/16" in diameter and a rough count shows about 160 beads. Most are faceted Russian cobalts made of various colors of blue from light to dark with most being translucent, while at least one bead is a black round stone steatite and other is a green color faceted.  Condition varies with most beads are intact with a some having ancient nicks and bruises as would be expected. They have a nice well patinated and mineralized luster and are authentic. It appears that these beads were hand made and formed likely in Northern Italy or Bohemia in Europe. These were likely fur trade era items and date 1600-1800's. These were part of an old family collection found near Lincoln in Placer County, California, Brenda Wissa. $500
 

 

 

2981-2017) 3 foot strand of West Coast faceted cobalt blue, purple, and amber color fur trade era glass beads. This strand originally measured around 36" in length however the cordage disintegrated and now the beads are loose. This being said, I have separated and counted the various types. Opaque faceted light to medium blue color cobalts number approx 210+ with an average bead measuring 9/32" in length. The clear faceted Russian cobalt blues count to 55+ with an average bead measuring about 5/16" in length. The clear faceted purple beads count to approx 100+ beads and average about 1/4" in length. The amber multi faceted clear beads are overall in poor condition with many having multiple points of damage. These count at approx 40 beads and average length is approx 3/8". There are 15 round medium cobalt blue color padre beads and these average approx 1/4" in length and there is 1 clear faceted bead in the mix. I acquired these from a Liska Auction out of Ashland, Oregon and no site specific origin was provided, but these were part of a local estate sale, therefore were likely found in this region. $500
 

 

 

2980-2017) Strand of Northwest Coast brass or copper metal fur trade era beads. This strand measures around 19" in length and has beads that range from 1/4" to 7/16" in diameter and a rough count shows over 78 beads. Most beads are green in color due to corrosion of the copper or brass, while a few appear to have gold fused on the surface from a gilt or perhaps some sort of heat effect from melting and fusing. Condition varies with most beads are intact and all have heavy corrosion and mineral deposits. It appears that these beads were hand made and formed. These were likely fur trade era items and date 1600-1800's. Was reported to be found along the Columbia River, finder and site information was unrecorded, x Jim Bennett. $450
 

 

 

 

 

Home Pacific Coast Paintings / Prints
About Us Columbia Plateau Paintings / Prints 2
Sales Policy Northern Great Basin Perishables / Basketry
Contact Southern Great Basin Beads/Ornamentals
Ordering Rockies Misc Collectibles
Certificate Info Southern Plains Books
Personal Collection Texas 1 Flintknapping Art
Items on Hold Texas 2 Metalwork
Sold Items Central Sculpture / Carvings
Clearance Eastern Seaboard Pre Columbian
Clearance 2 Midwest Region Old World

Rodney Michel

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