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The style of the clouds and the knowledge of how to draw traditional lucky emblems indicates these designs were the work of an older artist, trained before 1949. The new wire workers hired in the 1970s would not have had the skill to reproduce these tiny designs.
The "Four Gentlemen" bead is particularly beautiful, I think.
For comparison, the small dish and salt and pepper condiment pieces seem to date to around the 1930s?