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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: SUPER Small, delicate Drilled Disk Shell Beads Provenance: Price
TB36 A TOTALLY Incredible and colorful lot of Ultra-Small drilled "Wampum" clam shell Recovered from the upper Columbia 150.00
beads. Included are 292 totally intact beads and 4 small partials. These must have River in Grant County, Washington
been excavated by using the wet-screen technique due to their microscopic size
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Item: Type: Turquoise Beads / Pendant Provenance: Price
TB37 A nice set of 2 colorful turquoise beads and 1 turquoise Recovered from an ancient campsite SOLD
teardrop pendant, all in excellent condition. on private property in 7/10
  Era: Historic Period - circa 1800's Navajo County, Arizona
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Item: Type: Bone Beads (set of 3+) Provenance: Price
TB38 A most interesting set of 2 bone cylindrical beads and one oval-shaped bead Recovered from 50.00
preform which shows the manufacturing technique of creating multiple beads from Klamath County, Oregon
a single piece of bone and then "sawing" them apart. The largest piece wasn't
completely "sawed through", which left 2 intended beads still joined together.
  Era: Historic Period - circa mid-1700's  
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Item: Type: Disk Shell Bead Necklace Provenance: Price
JFTB19 A very nice and very long Shell disk bead Necklace which measures 37" long. Found by S.A. Martine SOLD
Each disk bead averages about 3/8" in diameter, and each one was individually near Sacramento, California 5/17
drilled. These are "Indian made", used in inter-tribal trade and greatly pre-date
the more common European "Trade Beads"
  Era: Late Period - 3500 years old Ex: S.A.Martine
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Item: Type: Olivella Curved Shell Necklace Provenance: Price
JFTB20 A very scarce curved Olivella Shell Necklace which measures a whopping 33" long; Found 20 to 30 miles east of SOLD
each shell measures about 5/16" in diameter. These are "Indian made", used in inter- San Francisco, California 5/17
tribal trade and greatly pre-date the more common European "Trade Beads"
  Era: Late Period - 3500 years old Ex: McAlexandar
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Item: Type: Shell Bead Necklace Provenance: Price
JFTB21 A most attractive 24" long Shell Bead Necklace; the individual shell beads Found 20 to 30 miles east of 550.00
measure approximately 3/16" in diameter and vary in color from white, tan and San Francisco, California 475.00
coral with a reddish tint. These are "Indian made", used in inter-tribal trade and
greatly pre-date the more common European "Trade Beads"
  Era: Late Period - 3500 years old Ex: McAlexandar
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Item: Type: Russian Blue & Dentalium Necklace Provenance: Price
JFTB22 An exceptional 24" long necklace consisting of faceted Russian blue trade Recovered on the Columbia River 850.00
beads, dentalium (wampum) shells, a double-pierced flat, oval shaped copper near the Dalles, Oregon 750.00
pendant with an old copper bell at the center. A most unusual offering
  Era: Post-contact period - 200 to 300 years old Ex: McLeob
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Item: Type: Nephrite & Steatite Stone Bead Necklace Provenance: Price
DATB6 An outstanding and quite rare 20" (+) strand of 30 Nephrite and Recovered from the "Bead Patch" 450.00
Steatite Drilled Stone Beads in excellent condition. These seldom come on the Columbia River in Oregon 360.00
up on the open market, and certainly not in this respectable quantity during the 1950's
  Era: Circa 500 - 1350 A.D.
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Item: Type: Steatite Disc Bead Necklace Provenance: Price
JFTB10 An OUTSTANDING 20+ inch long necklace made with drilled and polished Recovered from an ancient site 850.00
steatite disc beads in excellent condition. This is quite a rare offering, and we east of San Francisco, California (NFI) 750.00
haven't handled very many of these in the past
  Era: Late Archaic to Transitional Phase - 800 to 2500 years old Ex: Marvin McAlexander

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Item: Type: Pony Bead Collection Provenance: Price
RFTB2 A nice pouch containing HUNDREDS of ULTRA, ultra-small pony beads of Recovered from 150.00
many styles and colors. A bead collectors "dream". (Also, a VERY good cure for Pine Ridge, South Dakota
insomnia, should you choose to count each one!) These were used by the Native
Americans to decorate their moccasins, vests, purses and so forth. Just a GREAT
and attractive, diverse lot, which I've seldom seen offered in this quantity.
Era: Historic Phase - 150-200 years old
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Item: Type: Pony Bead Collection Provenance: Price
RFTB3 A nice pouch containing HUNDREDS of ULTRA, ultra-small pony beads of Recovered from SOLD
many styles and colors. A bead collectors "dream". (Also, a VERY good cure for Pine Ridge, South Dakota 8/17
insomnia, should you choose to count each one!) These were used by the Native
Americans to decorate their moccasins, vests, purses and so forth. Just a GREAT
and attractive, diverse lot, which I've seldom seen offered in this quantity.
Era: Historic Phase - 150-200 years old
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Item: Type: Pony Bead Collection Provenance: Price
RFTB4 A nice pouch containing HUNDREDS of ULTRA, ultra-small pony beads of Recovered from 150.00
many styles and colors. A bead collectors "dream". (Also, a VERY good cure for Pine Ridge, South Dakota
insomnia, should you choose to count each one!) These were used by the Native
Americans to decorate their moccasins, vests, purses and so forth. Just a GREAT
and attractive, diverse lot, which I've seldom seen offered in this quantity.
Era: Historic Phase - 150-200 years old
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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 1,000.00
  rarer (and older) than the later trade beads brought over by the downstream from the Dalles  
  Europeans.    
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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 800.00
  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" 50.00
  great condition. These are rare, folks! site on the Columbia River in Oregon, just 5/15 ON-HOLD dp
    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 SOLD
  dating between 1758 to 1800. Town House Hill site, 5/25
    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
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
MHTB1470 A prehistoric black tubular polished Recovered in SOLD
  steatite necklace bead. San Mateo Co., CA  
       

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