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Antique Burmese glass beads

Antique Burmese glass beads

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Southeast Asian: Pre 1920: Item # 1239021

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Unusual “pile” of old glass cylinder beads picked up in Mae Sot, Thailand along the Burmese border about 6 years ago and are from Burma. These were meant for Victorian Era, British colonials who most likely used them for beaded curtains. I assuming these are of Bohemian, Czech (possibly Japanese) manufacture but am certain that they are old- circa late 19th/early 20th century. There are 20 strands with around 20 8cm beads per strand and total length of 1.75cm/5ft9in ea, so about 400 beads. A few are broken but about 90% or more are in good shape. The spacer beads are of the same period or earlier- possibly of Chinese manufacture. These are currently loosely strung “beaded” curtain style and attached to a piece of wood- but I would recommend unstringing them to minimalize breakage before shipping. Ideal for a bead and jewelry designer. Including the wood hangers these weigh 1.4 kg.