These great Trade Beads are called "Vulcanic" because they were made from vulcanized rubber. At one time early disc music records were made from vulcanized rubber (this was in the 1800's). This is why these are referred to as Phono Record Disc beads. These heishi are hard, like a record album.
This listing is for **4 inches** of BLACK heishi. There are approximately 38 discs to an inch, so this is about 150 beads. (Bottom strand in photo.)
These are thin heishi beads, perfect for pairing with old or newer beads. They are very uniform in size, about **3mm** across. The hole measures 1mm.
These beads are from the mid 1900s. I have not cleaned them and will leave this up to the new owner.
Trade beads are true to their name. They were an important part of currency used in trade between Africans and Europeans. The Europeans loaded their ships with beads and "trinkets", among them these beads, and traded them in Africa for gold, coffee and natural resources.
In the US, I ship USPS First Class Mail Parcel with a normal delivery time of 2 - 5 days. This shipping method provides a tracking number.
International Shipping: Shipping price shown is for USPS First Class International Shipping with insurance. Delivery time depends on the country - usually 7 - 14 days. It is sometimes difficult to estimate shipping charges, so if you are overcharged I will send a refund. I will be glad to give you an exact price before you purchase if you will convo me with a list of items you would like and the country they will be shipped to.
International Shipping does NOT include CUSTOMS charges or any OTHER charge by the receiving country.** Any charges by the receiving country are the responsibility of the receiver.
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