Collecion of Dutch trade Beads, antique beads made in Europe at early 19ch and traded in Africa.
The term "Trade Beads" typically applies to beads made predominately in Venice and Bohemia and other European countries from the late 1400s through to the early 1900s and traded in Africa and the Americas. Many of these beads have been attributed to being made in Germany, France and the Netherlands as well.
Holland manufactured some of the earliest beads for the African trade.
The solid colour beads below, often called 'Dutch Dogon' were traded by Dutch merchants and adventurers along the African coast.
It is likely that most of these examples were made in Amsterdam from 1580.
Some of our beads have traveled at least two continents, and have graced numerous owners. Small chips, corrosion, and pitting are a normal part of their patina attesting to their age and extensive use.