A Long Strand of Vintage Phenolic Resin in Rare Shapes, African Trade



On offer a long and beautiful graduated strand of vintage "African amber" phenolic resin beads. This is a vintage item dating to the early 1900s. These beads are from Mali.

This listing is for one strand. There are 2 strands available, see description of each strand below. Many of these beads are of rare and sought for diamond shape, some with additional perforation perpendicular to the main perforation. Such double perforation is typical for these beads, which frequently served as hair ornaments. One of the diamond-shaped beads has metal caps, which is exceedingly rare for these beads. The beads are in very good condition, although may have age appropriate imperfections. The beads are of warm amber tones from butter yellow to dark honey, with venerable patina from wear and usage.

Strand A: 40 graduated beadss on the 46" strand. The beads range from approximately 40x28mm to 20x10mm; One of the diamond-shaped beads has metal caps, which is exceedingly rare for these beads. Weight: 474g

Strand B: 37 graduated beads, 32" long (without raffia). Beads range from 35x35mm to 10mm. Weight: 284g. Several beads are off rare shapes.

Both strands are of a rare quality.

Phenolic resin amber produced in Europe in the late 1800 to mid 1900's and made to resemble real amber.

The wooden ruler on the scale photos is on the metric scale.

Weights and sizes are approximate.

IMPORTANT NOTE. In the world of beads, and especially ancient and antique beads, errors in identification are common. We do our best to research and classify our beads accurately, however mistakes are certainly possible. If you are a bead expert and notice any errors in description, we invite you to please contact us and let us know. We are always grateful for any new information. We also accept returns no questions asked. See our Return Policy for detail.

COLORS: Our photos are taken in different lighting in an attempt to show how beads look in different lighting conditions. We make every effort to show colors as accurately as possible. The white background photos are taken in daylight conditions. The black background photos are taken in the strong lab light, and would be representative of what they would look like in the evening electric light. Some of the photos are backlit to emphasize their translucency. Note that monitor settings strongly affect the way the colors look. What you see on your monitor may differ from what you see with a naked eye depending on your monitor settings.

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