Lot 217

Unique Chevron Trade Beads Early 1800's

Estimate: $250 - $500

Bid Increments

Price Bid Increment
$0 $5
$50 $10
$100 $25
$500 $50
$1,000 $100
$2,000 $250
$5,000 $500
$10,000 $1,000
$25,000 $2,500
$100,000 $5,000
For your consideration is a collection of Chevron trade beads originating from the early 19th century. Chevrons beads are made by a multi-part process. They start with the making of the cane, then another color glass is added, and then this is usually put into a 12 point star mold. This process is repeated for each additional layer on the bead. Chevron beads, also called "Rosetta" and "Star" beads, have been made in Venice since the late 1400's. The Venetian Chevron production with the highest volume of beads was in the late 1800's Chevron beads have been traded throughout the world, but most heavily in Africa. The Dutch traders were the first to bring Chevron beads to Africa in the late 1400's. The first bead is a very large seven layer "egg" Chevron. This bead is 1 3/4" long and 1/1/4" wide and 4 1/2" around in one direction and 5 1/2" around in the other. This bead still has the tag saying $335.00. This bead is the type that would be a chieftain adornment. The next two beads measure 1" X 3/4". One is a long oval with six layers and the other is a squat round with seven layers. The next two are four layer beads with large white cores. One is 1 1/4" X 3/4" and the other is 1" X 5/8. The remaining five beads are very old and have a great deal of wear. These beads measure from 5/8" X 5/8" down to 3/8" X 3/8". The beads show fair condition overall, with some of the beads showing wear and slight damage from age and use.