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Posted by: AnneLFG Post Reply
04/28/2020, 22:19:15

OK, same auction as the Faux Chevrons. These are being marketed as "Mid 1900's ...very rare...venetian glass millifiori "feather beads"....hard to fine". Bad spelling and all...

Obviously are "feather beads, and not bad looking, and may even be glass...but where are these really from? I'm not trying to buy them. Especially at this price.
Thanks for any info, Anne

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Posted by: stefany Post Reply
04/29/2020, 06:04:10

my instinct says Indonesia because of the yellow bands at either end of some of them, and that they were copying shapes and pattern styles recognisable as Venetian ...
i would love to have just one or two!



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Singles occasionally appear on eBay and Etsy
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Posted by: Rosanna Post Reply
04/29/2020, 15:29:11

Search for BeadWorldSeattle on Etsy - they have some singles for sale for $6 each.

described as: Large Feather Bead Green Red Yellow - Boho Bohemian Jewelry



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Re: Singles - thanks Rosanna i bought one!
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Posted by: stefany Post Reply
05/01/2020, 11:39:33



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the feathered elbow with yellow cuffs either end finally arrived -
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Posted by: stefany Post Reply
05/29/2020, 04:54:14

surely Indonesian...

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I rather like these....
Re: Feather Beads from Where?? -- AnneLFG Post Reply Edit Forum Where am I?
Posted by: Beadman Post Reply
04/30/2020, 07:14:12

..., however, they are clearly reproductions or new beads. The strands are presented like West African beads—so an Indonesian origin would surprise me a bit. I would sooner expect them to be from India. But the beads seem to be too-well-made to be Indian. (Howver, Indian work has improved in recent years.)

Note that "millifiori" is misspelled.

The decision to place turquoise-blue or yellow bands around the ends is an unexpected choice. (Note the ends are being called "tips.") This is something seen in reproductions of ancient beads. But I do not associate it with Indonesia. I would stab at a guess and suspect Syria.

Recall that as early as 2008 (when I first saw them in Thailand) a new series of combed beads was being hawked as "ancient beads" and "from Afghanistan." I bought one at Tucson in 2019—and was told it was "made in Afghanistan"—which I did not believe. I don't know what their origin might be. BUT, noting these are also new combed beads (with feather patterns), I wonder if there is some association (?). And so I wonder if they might be Syrian (?).

JDA.



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