History lessons…

on African trade beads, that is.

This morning I had the best history class since Mrs. Cowart’s 11th grade American History class.  Instead of scribbling notes on the rise of monopolies and Prohibition in my college-ruled notebook, I got to sit amongst some glorious vintage world trade beads of Czech, Venetian and Dutch descent that were found and used for a variety of purposes across Africa.  Whether they signified status or worked as a monetary source, these strands made me drool.  A lot.

trade beads, collage, rue de la marguerite

(clockwise from top right) Vaseline green & blue beads, Dutch donut beads, Medicine beads, Hebron crumb beads

Luckily, I scored the Hebron crumb and Dutch donut strands…. Merry X-mas to me, compliments of Mr. Steve Ellis.  Wheee!


Rue de la Marguerite cat



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