Crisp vibrant sapphire blue beads with light blue inner cores. The third photo compares the color of these beads with other beads from the Pacific Northwest and the African trade.
Purchased from famed Pacific Northwest bead collector Albert Summerfield about 25 years ago. His memory was that these beads were purchased by his sister in a "trading post" gift shop on Seattle's docks waterfront some time in the 1950s. Ornament magazine has a two-page article on Albert & Ella Summerfield in the Autumn 2000 issue.
Beads measure about 8x10mm, length of beads is about 26 inches.
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