An Extremely Large Antique Nueva Cadiz Glass Beads CRBM_10696_A


A very large 3-layer Nueva Cadiz bead (80x15mm!) in very good antique condition.  It comes from the African Trade and dates to the end of the 1800s. This is a later-generation Nueva Cadiz. The bead is in good antique condition,  with some minor denting and chipping, as can be seen in the photos.  Please examine the photos for details.

The so-called first and second-generation Nueva Cadiz beads are among the earliest European glass beads found in the Americas, dating to the 15th-16th centuries. They are believed to be of Venetian production. The name comes from the site in Venezuela where they were first found,  They are typically tubular blue or teal-colored, square or sometimes twisted in crosssection,  in regions of 16th-century Spanish colonial trade.  Also found in North America and Africa, these older beads are increasingly rare. These older beads are typically slim.  Newer, much larger, the so-called 3rd and 4th generation Nueva Cadiz beads are more often found in West Africa and are likely of Bohemian or another European origin.  These later beads are thicker and more lustrous blue,  also relatively rare.

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