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#BEADS0347 - Small Amber Multi Faceted Bead
Vintage small 5mm diameter round amber multi faceted bead. Pretty color. They are from around the 1950s and are in excellent unused condition.
 

$0.05



#BEADS0942 - Strand of 24 Cherry Brand Glass 12mm Transparent Sapphire Blue Baroque (Dimpled) Glass Beads
Click the picture to see a larger more detailed image. You get 24 Beads for $3.50 (16¢ each). Vintage temporary strand of fancy Cherry Brand Japanese Baroque beads. They are heavy 12mm diameter transparent sapphire blue colored glass beads. The glass is very beautiful with dimples (they called it Baroque on the master case). These were made by hand using old techniques. The crude shapes and unusual dimple really enhance the look. These are 1940s Cherry Brand (company only existed from 1946 - 1951). As you may know, Cherry Brand was considered the highest quality Japanese bead maker. This is a very fresh find we made from a dealer in New York who originally purchased them in the 1940s. These are very hard to find, very nice, and have never seen the light of day.
 

$3.50



#BEADS0656 - 12mm Transparent Fluted Smoked Glass Japanese Bead
Click the picture to see a larger more detailed image. Vintage 12mm diameter transparent fluted smoked glass Japanese bead from around the 1950s. Uncommon. They are a little dusty, but are in excellent unused condition
 

$0.15



#BEADS0896 - Group of 4 Fancy Beaded Metal and Copper Tassel with Jade Colored Bead - Japan
Click the picture to see a larger more detailed image. You get 4 for $1 (that's 25¢ each). Vintage 1 3/8" tall tassel with a jade colored bead, copper chains, and a decorative gold colored metal attachment with a loop. Box was marked "Made in Japan". Circa 1950s. These are in excellent unused condition. These are in amazing condition.
 

$1.00



#BEADS0153 - Unusual Matte Finish Cigar Shaped Japanese Millefiori Bead
Price is 50¢/bead. Vintage large cigar shaped handmade bead. The lengths on these are fairly consistent at about one inch. The diameters vary more. They are all cigar shaped with a millefiori flower pattern and a matte finish to the glass. The shape and matte finish are very uncommon in millefiori glass. Because they were handmade (also known as lampwork beads), no two are alike. The "Made in Japan" stickers were still with them.

They are in unused condition, and very detailed an interesting looking. Like most of the others in this find, so far as we can tell, there are no other examples of these to be found anywhere online, or anywhere else period. They were sold as hippie beads in the late 60s from a bead store near the Haight Ashbury area. In 1967, the hippie phenomena dominated the area and the demand for beads was huge. The owner of this store put out the call that he wanted all types of beads that were either colorful, large, earthenware, or had mystical significance. Some of the items that he brought into the store were much older, and we will note them in the listings. The hardcore hippies wanted glass or ceramic or earthenware, so that is what most of these items are. The lucite stuff was for the fake hippies. The demand started slacking as the hippie phenomena died down and by the mid 1970s, they started selling gold chains and disco related items instead. The hippie items were taken from the front shelves, and stored in the back. The newspaper they were wrapped in was dated 1977, so that's when they put them back there. The most striking thing in the store is an old display of huge African Trade Bead necklaces from the 1800s. They were even selling those sort of beads to the hippies. One of those necklaces will run you about 2 grand now. That place is a real time warp. You could still smell incense around some of the boxes and I kept hearing Jimi Hendrix and Jefferson Airplane in my head. Just amazing.

 

$0.35



#BEADS0160 - 8mm Chalk White Fire Polish Glass Beads
Click the picture to see a larger more detailed image. These are very shiny chalk white 8mm diameter beads. They have sections with a reflective coating to make them shine even more. Boxes were marked West Germany. They are from around the 1950s.
 

$0.08



#BEADS0201 - Group of 10 Very Old Shiny Cobalt Blue Venetian Tube Bead
You get 10 for 80¢ (that's 8¢ each). Vintage 26mm (1 inch) long thin cobalt colored shiny Venetian tube beads. These are incredible. Still brightly colored and found in unopened wrapping. They are from the early 1900s. Most of the early Venetian beads are very small. These are really long and very useful for making things.

Here's the incredible story. In 1898, the Societa Veneziana Conterie Consortium was formed. It was a group of 16 bead makers who put their beads in one place so they could be sold by one sales force. Some of the stock was old when it came there in 1898 (these are those)! In recent times, the consortium was dissolved and the remaining 400,000 plus pounds of beads were sold to an American Indian Trading post. We were able to get ahold of a good quantity of the oldest types (the wrapping confirms the are pre WWI). All were made between the 1800s and 1920. They are an incredible bargain.
 

$0.80



#BEADS0282 - Chalk White Fire Polish Glass Beads
These are very shiny chalk white 10mm diameter beads. Some have sections with a reflective coating to make them shine even more. We found one very old box of these marked West Germany. They are from around the 1950s.
 

$0.10



#BEADS0321 - Long six sided Jet Black Tube Bead
Vintage long 25mm jet black shiny tube bead. These are from around the 1950s or earlier, and are in excellent unused condition. These do not scan well, but are quite attractive in person. They are from one of our East Coast finds.
 

$0.07



#BEADS0801 - Group of 10 Spectacular Czech Picasso Glass Cube Bead - Rare Reddish Colors
Click the picture to see a larger more detailed image. You get 10 for $1.50 (that's 15¢ each). Vintage 8mm square Picasso cube bead. These have an old Czech label that goes back to at least the 1950s. Rare reddish colors. These are one of the nicest looking Picassos we have come across. Just beautiful. Unsold old stock from an old store up in the northeast. Excellent unused condition.
 

$1.50



#BEADS0028 - Group of 12 8mm Tan Glass Japanese Millefiori Flower Beads
Click the picture to see a larger more detailed image. You get 12 for $1.20 (that's 10¢ each). Vintage 8mm tan glass Japanese Millefiori Flower Beads. The word "Millefiori" is Italian and means 1000 flowers. To make these flower patterns on the beads is labor intensive and requires hand cutting a hot cane of glass that has been patterned. These are unsold old stock from a warehouse on the West Coast. They were made in Japan and were imported in the late 1960s during the flower power hippie craze. They are all handmade and so the sizes will vary a little and they may not all be perfectly round. Excellent condition.
 

$1.20



#BEADS0033 - Group of 20 Very Large Wooden Multi-Colored Hippie Beads
You will get 20 for $2 (that's 10¢ each). Vintage well made very large wooden beads that were sold as "hippie beads" in the late 60s, early 70s. The sizes, colors, and shapes vary a lot from 1/2" in diameter for the small rounds to 1" square for the cubes. You will get a good mixture of different types and colors. The ones shown are typical. These are classic hippie beads. Very cool. They are unsold old stock from a bead store just north of here. They bought them in 1968 and they were made in America. You never find them in unused condition like this. They are really nice. Two groups of these would make a 24" - 30" necklace.
 

$2.00



#BEADS0170 - Group of 4 Large Heavy Glass 22mm Black and White Tibetan Dzi Blessings Beads
Click the picture to see a larger more detailed image. You will get 4 for $1 (that's 25¢/bead). Vintage very heavy thick glass 22mm long black and white Dzi five eye beads. The five eye design represented blessings from the five Tibetan Wealth Gods, and were believed to provide the holder with prosperity and affluence. These are the late 1960s hippie era. They were sold in the late 60s from a bead store near the Haight Ashbury area. So, they are at least that old, and I suspect older. The oldest Dzi beads were made of agate. These are glass. They are old handmade lampwork beads. The hippie phenomena dominated the area and the demand for beads was huge. These are the leftovers from that era that were relegated to storage as the fad faded. They are in nice unused condition.

 

$1.00



#BEADS0348 - Group of 4 Yellow Rose Design 18mm Japanese Ceramic Big Hole Beads
Click the picture to see larger more detailed image (two views pictured). You will get 4 for $1 (that's 25¢ each). Vintage yellow rose design (on two sides) 18mm long big hole ceramic beads. These were in boxes marked "Made in Japan" and are from the late 1960s. 

Hippies were stringing big hole beads on rope back in the day and these had the earthy look that was popular. They are in unused condition, and are very uncommon. They were sold as hippie beads in the late 60s from a bead store near the Haight Ashbury area. In 1967, the hippie phenomena dominated the area and the demand for beads was huge. The owner of this store put out the call that he wanted all types of beads that were either colorful, large, earthenware, or had mystical significance. The hardcore hippies wanted glass or ceramic or earthenware, so that is what most of these items are. The demand started slacking as the hippie phenomena died down and by the mid 1970s, they started selling gold chains and disco related items instead. The hippie items were taken from the front shelves, and stored in the back. The newspaper they were wrapped in was dated 1977, so that's when they put them back there. The most striking thing in the store was an old display of huge African Trade Bead necklaces from the 1800s. They were even selling those sort of beads to the hippies. One of those necklaces will run you about 2 grand now. That place is a real time warp. You could still smell incense around some of the boxes and I kept hearing Jimi Hendrix and Jefferson Airplane in my head. Just amazing.
 

$1.00



#BEADS0397 - Group of 20 Small Mother of Pearl Beads
You get 20 for $1 (that's 5¢ each). Vintage small 4mm diameter round bead. These were in old packages from the 1950s or 60s that were marked "Mother of Pearl" which indeed they are. They came from a bead store on the east coast that closed over 30 years ago. Excellent unused condition. They are small, but very pretty.
 

$1.00



#BEADS0547- Translucent Brown West German Glass Pinch Bead - As low as 10¢ each
Vintage 12mm long translucent brown glass pinch bead. The tag was West Germany and a style used in the 1960s. These are very uncommon. These aren't real common. We picked these up with a couple of other things on our recent trip to the east coast at a small distributor.  Excellent unused condition.
 

$0.15

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#BEADS0643 - Very Old Green Czech Twisted Glass Beads - As low as 8¢ each
Vintage 7mm long twisted glass Czech bead. . These are very old pressed glass, and a little crude. This style was made from the turn of the century up into the 1920s. They are unsold old stock in excellent unused condition that we found in remote storage in a store up in the northeast.
 
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$0.15

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#BEADS0955 - One Dozen Large Thick Unusual Shaped 22mm White Pre War Japan Beads
Click the picture to see a larger more detailed image. You get 12 for $1.80 (that's 15¢ each). Vintage very large 22mm three sided tapered white beads. Unusual shape. These are old pre war Japan stock. Likely 1920/30s. They are unsold old stock in excellent unused condition that we found in remote storage in a store up in the northeast.
 

$1.80



#MS346 - Large Metal Cloisonné Pin Made for the Launch of the NASA Challenger STS-6
Click the picture to see a larger more detailed image. Vintage 1" diameter good quality metal Cloisonné pinback made for the launch of the April 4, 1983 launch of the Space Shuttle Challenger. Marked with the crew's names - "Weit, Bobko, Musgrave, and Peterson". The backs have an easy clamp closure for attaching to clothing. Excellent unused condition.
 

$1.50



#BEADS0032 - Group of 100 Ceramic Multi-Colored Hippie Beads
You will get 100 for $5 (that's 5¢ each). Vintage well made ceramic beads from the hippie era. The sizes, colors, and shapes vary. The ones shown are typical. The 10 shown measure out to 5" inches, so 100 would strand out to about 50". These have the look from years ago. Very cool. They are unsold old stock from a bead store on the east coast that closed 30 some years ago. They were sold as "string your own" hippie beads.
 

$5.00



#BEADS0012 - Group of 12 West German Glass Pinch Beads - Tan Fire Polished 6mm
Click the picture to see a larger more detailed image. You will get 12 for $1 (that's about 8¢ each). Vintage 6mm diameter tan fire polished glass West German pinch bead. They are very beautiful. These came from a long closed warehouse. They are from the 1960s. Uncommon. Excellent unused condition.
 

$1.00



#BEADS0152 - Large Black Round Incised Handmade (Lampwork) Bead
Price is 25¢/bead. Vintage very large jet black handmade bead. They have a spiral incised on the surface. The size varies. Average size is nearly inch and a quarter in diameter, plus they are over a half inch thick. Because they were handmade (also known as lampwork beads), no two are alike. These are very uncommon. They were in a crate with made in Japan glass, so that would be our best guess. They are from the 1960s, or more likely, earlier. They are a bit dirty. Just rinse them off in water and they are in new unused condition.

They are in unused condition, and striking. Like most of the others in this find, so far as we can tell, there are no other examples of these to be found anywhere online, or anywhere else period. They were sold as hippie beads in the late 60s from a bead store near the Haight Ashbury area.

 

$0.25



#BEADS0154 - Group of 12 Early Plastic Green and White Beads with a Speckled Pattern and Goldstone Flecks
Click the picture to see a larger more detailed image. You will get 12 for $1.00 (that's about 8¢ each). Vintage hard plastic beads with a beautiful green and white speckled pattern that are 11-12mm in diameter. They also have splotches of goldstone (aventurine). This is an early style of plastic that was made around 1950 or possibly earlier. They look a lot like old aventurine marbles from the 30s.

They are in unused condition, and like most of the others in this find, so far as we can tell, there are no other examples of these to be found anywhere online, or anywhere else period. These were the only plastic beads stashed away with the hippie beads, but are substantially older. 
 

$1.00



#BEADS0158 - Large Blue Rose Ceramic Japanese Big Hole Bead
Click the picture to see a larger more detailed image. Vintage big hole ceramic bead with a blue rose design. These were in boxes marked "Made in Japan" and are from the late 1960s. They are nearly and inch long. Hippies were stringing these "large" hole beads on rope back in the day. Brightly colored flowers and big holes.

They are in unused condition, and are uncommon. They were sold as hippie beads in the late 60s from a bead store near the Haight Ashbury area. In 1967, the hippie phenomena dominated the area and the demand for beads was huge. The owner of this store put out the call that he wanted all types of beads that were either colorful, large, earthenware, or had mystical significance. Some of the items that he brought into the store were much older, and we will note them in the listings. The hardcore hippies wanted glass or ceramic or earthenware, so that is what most of these items are. The lucite stuff was for the fake hippies. The demand started slacking as the hippie phenomena died down and by the mid 1970s, they started selling gold chains and disco related items instead. The hippie items were taken from the front shelves, and stored in the back. The newspaper they were wrapped in was dated 1977, so that's when they put them back there. The most striking thing in the store is an old display of huge African Trade Bead necklaces from the 1800s. They were even selling those sort of beads to the hippies. One of those necklaces will run you about 2 grand now. That place is a real time warp. You could still smell incense around some of the boxes and I kept hearing Jimi Hendrix and Jefferson Airplane in my head. Just amazing.
 

$0.25

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