Vintage African Trade Carnelian Hexagon Beads, Idar-Oberstein Agate


This strand of 39 antique hexagonal beads comes from West Africa and is about 23" long. Their sharp geometric edges indicate that they were most likely cut in Idar-Oberstein, Germany, for the African Trade in teh 1800s.

The beads clearly traveled a lot, and while generally in good condition, some show age-appropriate nicks at chips as can be seen in the photos.

The ruler on the scale photos is on the metric scale (cm/mm).

Weights and sizes are approximate.

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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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