18th century French opalescent seed bead. 10 gram bag. Size 12. b17-047

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18th century French opalescent seed beads. A light translucent opalescent pale green. 1.5mm. x 1.7mm. diameter. 17 beads/inch. Approx. size 12. 10 gram bag.

We feel so fortunate to have come across these amazing beads. We have 8 antique spools in various beautiful colors. The spools are of iron, wood or of a type of press board with the spool company "Chauny-Perigeueux" embossed on the spool. The person who discovered these spools was told the following:

These beads came from a very old French glass house of Salvatore. Originally in located in Venice, we were told that famiglia Salvatore moved its glass house to France in the 11th century. Up through the end of the 18th century these beads were produced and then stored in large canvas bags. In the 19th century they were strung on fine wire and wound on the spools we have today. The beads were made for costume and textile decoration for royalty and gentry. They were originally used to decorate court gowns and costumes for weddings, baptisms, balls, coronations. The company closed early in the 20th century and we have been told that the remaining beads are just being distributed for the first time.

SKU: b17-047

    Average review
    What a find. Ordered all the colors and they do not disappoint. They have a subtle glow that I love.
    May 30, 2018 by fandanglebeads
    So lovely. Well packaged. Will keep some for research while the others will go on heirloom project. Many thanks.
    Dec 9, 2016 by ZipZipInkspot
    A GLEAMY palest green. This doesn't come close to describing this UTTERLY ENTRANCING seed bead.
    Jun 14, 2016 by rjfh52

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