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Indian Beads Page

This page contains mostly "bead" items which fall into 6 different categories: 
1) Trade beads, glass beads manufactured in various European countries
    and used for trade between the Europeans and the Native Americans,
    mostly from the 18th through 19th centuries
2) Shell beads, used by the Native Americans as adornment and/or for
    inter-tribal bartering. These come in two different forms
   A) Whole shells often strung into a necklace
   B) "Pieces" of shell, (especially the Abalone shell) which were "cut" into
        various shapes and drilled for pendants or necklaces, many of these
        were also "incised" by the natives for additional decoration
3) Dentalium, a conical-shaped shell used as "Wampum" money,
    especially in the western coastal states
4) Metallic, often tubular beads which were made by the Native Americans
    after first contact with the Europeans, and which were made from many
    different European metallic items, such as rifle parts and even old files
5) Stone beads, which are VERY old and were mostly for adornment
6) "Beaded" items such as purses having intricate beadwork are also grouped
    on this page
For other "Ornamental" items and pendants, please visit our "Bone & Shell"
pages. These contain more elaborate incised and carved ornamental pendants
made from bone, stone or shells


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Item: Type: Shell Necklace Provenance: Price
TRTB1 An absolutely GORGEOUS and very rare stone and shell Necklace having Recovered from the Gibson site 600.00
colorful shell bangles. This one is in perfect condition and shows a great variety of in NE Arkansas 385.00
different materials and manufacturing techniques. Just an EXCEPTIONAL offering
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Item: Type: Assorted Beads Provenance: Price
BETB1 A very nice and interesting cross-section of bead types including one long Recovered from SOLD
rolled copper bead, one green-gray cylindrical steatite bead and a short Southern California (NFI) 5/25
strand of assorted pony beads. A great and diverse group
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Item: Type: Post contact metal artifacts Provenance: Price
RPTB39 A nice group consisting of 1 brass button and 3 rolled copper beads Recovered from the Humboldt 50.00
attributed to the Shoshone tribe, post European contact era. Sink in Churchill Co., NV
  Ex: Greg Perino

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Item: Type: Indian-made drilled Stone Bead Necklace Provenance: Price
DATB3 An Ultra-Rare long strand of medium-sized drilled stone Beads in a Recovered from the famous "Bead Patch" 1,600.00
  nice variety of materials. These were "Indian made" and are much site on the Columbia River in Oregon, just  
  rarer (and older) than the later trade beads brought over by the downstream from the Dalles  
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Item: Type: Rare Drilled Steatite Bead Necklace Provenance: Price
DATB4 A very stunning, very rare strand of highly polished and drilled  Recovered from the famous "Bead Patch" 1,400.00
  Steatite Beads. These were "Indian-made" and are much rarer (and site on the Columbia River in Oregon, just  
  older) than the later trade beads brought over by the Europeans. downstream from the Dalles  
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Item: Type: A Pair of Ancient Drilled Stone Beads Provenance: Price
DATB5 An exceptional pair of "Indian-made" drilled stone beads in Recovered from the famous "Bead Patch" 70.00
  great condition. These are rare, folks! site on the Columbia River in Oregon, just  
    downstream from the Dalles  
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Item: Type: Copper Button/Bell Provenance: Price
RPTB38 A very unusual, very dented copper button/bell which still Recovered from 40.00
  rattles! Probably from the days of the early trading companies Northwestern Oregon  
  established along the Columbia River regions. Quite unique. Ex: Greg Perino  

Item: Type: Trade Beads Provenance: Price
RPTB19 A nice little group of 15 varied trade beads All recovered from the 65.00
  dating between 1758 to 1800. Town House Hill site,  
    headquarters of the  
    Creek Nation  
    Ex: Greg Perino  

Item: Type: Bead group Provenance: Price
RPTB22 A nice, small group of artifacts all recovered from the same site and  Recovered from 40.00
  consisting of 3 tubular beads, 1 chevron bead and 3 smaller European Smyth Co., Virginia  
  trade beads and 1 plain-faced copper button. All of these are post    
  European contact artifacts. Ex: Greg Perino  

Item: Type: Stone bead preforms Provenance:   Price
RPTB24 A nice offering of 3 very scarce individual stone bead preforms, all  Recovered from A: 45.00 
  which share a common provenance. A-has a single shallow dimple on Poverty Point in B: 40.00
  one end, B-is partially drilled on one end and has a shallow dimple on eastern Louisiana C: 20.00
  the opposing end, C-has rough ends and scoring around the edge of a      
  single end, and appears to be in the earliest stages of manufacture      
  Please specify the item number AND LETTER when ordering. Ex: Greg Perino    

Item: Type: New York artifacts Provenance: Price
RPTB36 An unusual and diverse group of very late period trade beads,  Found in New York 50.00
  some of which almost look modern to me, coupled with 2, much and attributed to the  
  older brass buttons and a single copper bead Iroquois Mohawk tribe  
    Ex: Greg Perino  

Item: Type: Provenance: Price
MHTB1533 A dark green drilled steatite Bead having Recovered from an ancient SOLD
  diagonal incised patterns all along it's sides, site in San Jose, CA  
  which also appear to have been "painted" red.    

Item: Type: Provenance: Price
RPTB2 An attractive highly polished light tan Recovered from the 75.00
  cylindrical stone bead, fully drilled but Poverty Point Site in  
  broken and glued in recent times NE Louisiana (16WC5)  
    Ex: Perino  

Item: Type: Provenance: Price
RPTB3 Now this one's cute! A somewhat polished triangular red Recovered from the 50.00
  catlinite stone Bead which was never completely drilled for Poverty Point Site in  
  suspension. It shows a good start of the drilling process at NE Louisiana (16WC5)  
  either end and has a single dimple on one side face from an    
  additional drilling effort. An interesting study of the old    
  technology used in creating adornments in the olden days. Ex: Perino  

Item: Type: Provenance: Price
RPTB5 An attractive red catlinite drilled cylindrical stone bead, in Recovered from the 50.00
  good condition but having some rough, asymmetrical  Poverty Point Site in 6/30 ON-HOLD bc
  sections, possibly made by a junior bead making apprentice. NE Louisiana (16WC5)  
  The two drilled ends just "barely" met in the center, by a    
  stroke of pure dumb luck on the part of it's creator Ex: Perino  

Item: Type: Provenance: Price
MHTB1468 A very attractive 10" strand of drilled Undocumented, most 220.00
  and polished rectangular clamshell likely NE California 150.00
  beads. These are quite scarce.    

Item: Type: Provenance: Price
MHTB1470 A prehistoric black tubular polished Recovered in 65.00
  steatite necklace bead. San Mateo Co., CA  

Item: Type: Provenance: Price
MHTB1472 A very nice, highly polished dark green steatite Recovered in SOLD
  prehistoric drilled bean bead in excellent condition San Mateo Co., CA  

Item: Type: Provenance: Price
MHTB1473 A most unusual dark brown prehistoric Recovered in 50.00
  stone drilled cylindrical bead having 4 Kerman, California SOLD
  black veins which form a cross when in Fresno County  
  viewed from either end.    

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