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There's a mysterious comment on page 9 of Arthur Woodward's 1965 booklet Indian Trade Goods:
...the large ultra marine blue faceted beads found south as Washing and Oregon, became "Russian beads", in spite of the fact that original packages of these beads, wrapped in grey coarse paper, were found unopened in the warehouse of the Rusian American Fur Company in 1867, marked "Brussels." In the latter case it was probably a repakaging job done by an export company in the Belgian City.
There's no citation for this statement. Wonder where Woodward learned this?