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Rare Antique ACE OF SPADES Banded Venetian Mosaic Glass Trade Beads

Rare Antique ACE OF SPADES Banded Venetian Mosaic Glass Trade Beads

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Discover a beautiful matching pair of very rare antique ACE OF SPADES banded millefiori Venetian mosaic glass trade beads, as noted in Picard, Volume VI, p.48, bead 1113.

  • Size: 11 mm X 11 mm
  • Condition: Very good (very lightly beveled and very lightly chipped at the ends, see photos)

These exquisite beads are a testament to the intricate craftsmanship of Venetian artisans from the early 1900s. Each bead showcases the stunning millefiori technique, where multiple layers of colored glass are fused and then sliced to reveal beautiful floral patterns, known as "mosaic beads."

The history of these beads is rich, as they played a significant role in African trade, particularly in Ghana. Used as a form of currency and for decorative purposes, these beads hold cultural and historical importance, making them a valuable addition to any collection.

Explore our collection of millefiori beads currently available for sale, our old trade beads collection, and view our sold millefiori beads in the Archives.

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