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Glass bead manufacturer's sample book with five fold-out pages of press-moulded glass bead samples attached to card. At the top of page 1 the different sizes are shown, followed by the different colours, each with its description and model number. The types range from transparent, matt, lustred and metallic to silver/bronze/copper-lined, opaque striped, crystal striped and shell effect. The striped beads are cut from millefiori canes
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- Glass beads from Bohemia were exported throughout Europe and beyond from the 19th century onwards. Because the Bohemian industry was based on machine production (as opposed to the handmade Venetian beads) Bohemian beads were the cheapest and most prolific beads used in the decoration of textiles. Much of the Bohemian bead industry is in decline with manufacture moving to China. The Jablonex group is one of the few firms left still engaged in large-scale production of beads.
For other examples of sample bead cards, see Af1863,0717.1-4 and Af1960,20.244-246, a group of 19th century cards containing Venetian beads acquired from a London agent and used in the palm oil and ivory trade with Africa. See also 1904,1126.35, Venetian sample beads, in the form of multiple strings; these are tiny seed beads, very similar to the Czech examples and probably made for export to China, before the Bohemian industry took over.
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- Acquisition notes
- Purchased from Jablonex showroom in 2008.
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
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