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Previous Exhibits, including the Sick Catalog

Venetian chevron/star beads from 1800 to the mid-1900s

Welcome to our exhibit #9 on chevron/star beads.

We believe it is time to try to record all the Venetian chevrons/star beads that we are aware of in order to separate them from the later proliferation of these, and hopefully avoid confusion with the others chevrons made by either glass artists like Mary Mullaney, Art Seymour, Luigi Cattelan etc...and/or other countries like India and China.

This exhibit will focus only on the Venetian made chevrons between 1800 and the mid-1900s. Other chevron/star beads from the 1700s, the controversial striped “Dutch,” will be the subject of a future exhibit, as well as the others from the later 1950s to 1970s, like the ones from the Costantini factory.

We have tried to catalogue and classify them by colors starting with black. Although black is not a true color, at least with the Venetians, we are including all the beads that appear black whether their real colors are deep purple, deep blue or deep green. So we apologize for not always being accurate with colors. We will show all the interesting chevrons displayed in our museum, plus all the rare and unusual ones we have found in other museums or in private collections.

In the description, the color sequence is always described from the innermost to the outermost layer. We also are more inclined to count the layers as visually seen rather than actually intended. Sometimes the result of faulty chemistry or inadequate mixture in the glass may give different color nuances in the same layer, which can lead to confusion. All star points have the standard twelve points, and all stripes are superficial unless otherwise noted.

For more information on the history and technical aspects of chevrons, please see our Volume VII Chevron and Nueva Cadiz Beads on the publications section of our website.

We will sadd to the exhibit whenever new discoveries are made.

John and Ruth Picard

Click on the picture below to view the exhibit.

Trade Beads on Pre-1900 Sample Cards

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