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I recently acquired another addiction hobby that stemmed from muzzleloading. Trade beads lol. Thats all I needed was another hobby… Recently bought a bunch of French crow beads, bumblebee trade beads…Been looking at some venitian and Lewis and Clark trade beads. There are so many… Any bead collectors here? The following pictures aren’t the ones I currently ordered but will be ordering in the future…reproductions of course…
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Yes, I collect beads and use them for projects.
Here are some lewis and clark beads. If you're interested in some PM me.View attachment 326666
Those are some nice ones! Thanks for your kind offer but after I made this post I got a low ball offer on eBay from the guy selling the Lewis and Clark beads and snatched them up.
 
I needed just a few once for a small project and didn’t want to wait so I made some wooden beads. Ever since, I’ve been a little more interested in beads. How common were wooden beads in the 19th century and before?
 
I needed just a few once for a small project and didn’t want to wait so I made some wooden beads. Ever since, I’ve been a little more interested in beads. How common were wooden beads in the 19th century and before?
That I don’t know, one would suppose they would be? Hopefully someone will chime in…
 
Turns out instead of buying a string of Lewis and Clark trade beads, the price was only for one 😳. Was like $14. Turned out it is from 1897. At first I was frustrated, In a way now I’m kind of excited, will make an interesting piece for a pc necklace… Edit: Turns out it is not from 1897 but a reproduction from that year….expensive
 
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Be careful and do your research: some advertised as trade beads are African trade beads, not North American trade beads.
Yeah seen that, I noticed some of the African beads are similar but not quite the same, thanks for the heads up tho, I really need to find a book of sorts on the subject.
 
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Turns out @Scott_C is right. The bead I ordered says unusual “Lewis and Clark style” African trade bead circa 1897 but aren’t originals as I thought but expensive reproductions… I’ve been doing some research on the subject, it seems a lot of these beads were made from the same European countries and sent to Africa and North America. Different beads, similar style. Some being the same? Some time around 1880 some beads sent to Africa and America were the same according to this article https://www.metmuseum.org/articles/beadwork-in-arts-of-africa-and-beyond I dunno, it gets confusing. I found this great museum page which details alot of North American beads and their history for any one interested https://www.museum.state.il.us/ismdepts/anthro/beads/beadgallery.html?TopicID=large
 
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I have collected and studied beads for many years. It's a fascinating field of interest.

Much of what was known about beads and those who used them has changed over the past 25 years.

FWIW Lewis and Clark beads were from Venice and made about 50 years later than the famous expedition. Still, they are cool beads.

Lewis and Clark took red glass beads on their expedition west to trade with natives and were upset because folks out there did not want them: they preferred blue beads instead, the type they got from Russian traders.
Cool history.
 
I recently acquired another addiction hobby that stemmed from muzzleloading. Trade beads lol. Thats all I needed was another hobby… Recently bought a bunch of French crow beads, bumblebee trade beads…Been looking at some venitian and Lewis and Clark trade beads. There are so many… Any bead collectors here? The following pictures aren’t the ones I currently ordered but will be ordering in the future…reproductions of course…View attachment 326496View attachment 326497View attachment 326498
Interesting topic. Honestly have not heard much on it over the years, and never gave trade beads much thought. Guessing there is a lot to learn. Looking forward to the education.
 
I have collected and studied beads for many years. It's a fascinating field of interest.

Much of what was known about beads and those who used them has changed over the past 25 years.

FWIW Lewis and Clark beads were from Venice and made about 50 years later than the famous expedition. Still, they are cool beads.

Lewis and Clark took red glass beads on their expedition west to trade with natives and were upset because folks out there did not want them: they preferred blue beads instead, the type they got from Russian traders.
Cool history.
That’s a pretty cool bit of info! Makes me wonder how that bead got associated with Lewis and Clark’s name?
 
Don’t know how HC they are, but I ordered a variety of Trade Beads from Crazy Crow. I plan to use them on an Elk hide shooting bag and some knife sheaths.
I ordered some from Crazy Crow also, I’ll probably just stick to them as my go to in the future, so far every experience I’ve had ordering from them has been flawless.
 
Those are some nice ones! Thanks for your kind offer but after I made this post I got a low ball offer on eBay from the guy selling the Lewis and Clark beads and snatched them up.
That Illinois trade bead page is super interesting reference, especially once I realized that clicking on a thumbnail opened up a greatly detailed image and explanations. We'll worth bookmarking!
Here is an excellent reference book (2 images, cover and ISBN info so you can search interlinear loan & book sellers).
 

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