Ethnic Jewels

An appreciation of ethnic jewellery and adornment

Need ID, possible origin, how to describe, and opinions

Hello, I am new to this discussion and have questions concerning two trade beads bought in Cameroon.  I am trying to discover their origin (Venetian? German?), and how to best describe them.  They have quite a bit of age and patina on them.  I have many views of each of them.  A Google search produced a necklace from Beads of Paradise, and Pinterest link which lead to here!  :  )

The cased? one (swirled multi color center) = 34mm

Double swirled one = 33.5mm

Thank you for your help!   

Views: 84

Attachments:

Reply to This

Replies to This Discussion

No expert in this field but in my opinion this is a antique glass marble bead created at the turn of the century in Lauscha, Germany.

If you google Marble beads together with trade beads you will most probably find quiet a few cross references. 
Here are a few cross references:

1)  A collection of antique German Marble beads at the John and Ruth Picard bead museum in Carmel, California.  Photo by Jack DeWitt
2)  A collection of these beads that were available on ebay for sale some time ago
3)  A close up of the necklace worn by Sindi Schloss ( GIA Gemologist in Arizona and a Bead Museum Board member) featuring a collection of antique German Marble Beads.

There are also a number of boards on Pinterest that deal with old beads and you should be able to find other references for these marble beads.  Here is a Pinterest board that I use when looking for cross references for trade beads.


Hope this helps some way in answering your question.

Attachments:



Zambezi said:

No expert in this field but in my opinion this is a antique glass marble bead created at the turn of the century in Lauscha, Germany.

If you google Marble beads together with trade beads you will most probably find quiet a few cross references. 
Here are a few cross references:

1)  A collection of antique German Marble beads at the John and Ruth Picard bead museum in Carmel, California.  Photo by Jack DeWitt
2)  A collection of these beads that were available on ebay for sale some time ago
3)  A close up of the necklace worn by Sindi Schloss ( GIA Gemologist in Arizona and a Bead Museum Board member) featuring a collection of antique German Marble Beads.

There are also a number of boards on Pinterest that deal with old beads and you should be able to find other references for these marble beads.  Here is a Pinterest board that I use when looking for cross references for trade beads.


Hope this helps some way in answering your question.

Thank you, I really appreciate the links.  Since posting this morning, I started searching for German marble beads, and the information you have offered will give me a more in depth idea of what they are.  THANK YOU!  

I believe these are known as marble beads, originally made in Germany for African trade.  I believe that most are quite valuable and run several hundred dollars each, depending on the style and rarity.

Thank you so much for your reply.  I am fascinated by them.  They are little works of art, and you have to wonder what stories they could tell, like so many of things traded in the world.  Cameroon was, at one time, a colony of Germany, so that fits the time frame of late 1800's, and makes sense that they are German made.  They have wonderful patina.  Thankful for your help!

Perhaps I missed something but do you have a photo of these beads?
Oh sorry perhaps it is your profile photo?



Cordelia Donohoe said:

Oh sorry perhaps it is your profile photo?
Hi Cordelia,
There are three attachments underneath the request.  And yes, one of the images was placed as my profile photo.  :  )
Thank you,
Lynne

Reply to Discussion

RSS

Notes

WHO WE ARE

Created by Cordelia Donohoe Apr 10, 2017 at 4:03pm. Last updated by Cordelia Donohoe Apr 17.

Forum

Yemeni silver hirz necklace?

Started by Élisabeth Parent in Discussions. Last reply by Cordelia Donohoe Aug 19. 3 Replies

© 2017   Created by Cordelia Donohoe.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Privacy Policy  |  Terms of Service