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Rare Japanese milk glass rectangles measure 8x13mmx 5mm thick. Milk glass gives off that bluish aura, sometimes it is golden (gold is the opposite of blue in the spectrum), and that is how you know if you have the real McCoy or not. That line that looks like a ridge, is a ridge. Or channel as it were. Call it a groove if you like, it is really there. These are sold in lots of 12, a full dozen, for $15. Few to go around. BDVN1082.

8x13mm. 12 pcs $15


Pearlescent nuggets of pure yellow. Pearlescence adds a third dimension not visible in photograph, it is a shine that you have to see to understand. These are from Czechoslovakia circa 1948, when there still was a Czechoslovakia. The beads live on, won't you help protect this heritage? Sold in lots of 24pcs for $7.50, they measure 5x8.5mm and are shipped under the item #BDVN1085.

5x8.5mm. 24 pcs $7.50

Each bead is slightly different from the next, but they all are 11mm and cube more or less. Edges are rounded, an off red-orange and yellow bead. And really old and from West Germany, 1946. There is even some transparency involved. Right after the war ended, starved for beads, the Germans got right to it. Sold in lots of 6 for $15, this week. Next week price goes up and you know why. Order two lots and get twice as many.Order# BDVN1080.

11mm 6 pcs $15



METAL BEAD

Actually I had no idea where to put this as it is an odd item in a class by itself. It is METAL, it is die struck and the back, shown here as black, is actually highly polished gold. A die struck piece is formed by compressing metal into the shape of the die under 100 tons of pressure. It is a lost process, no one uses it anymore but I remember seeing it done when I was a mere lad. I am showing the piece up on one side so you can see the precision with which it was made. The back is flat and polished gold, it only looks black in the photo because it is so highly polished it bounces back all the light. The front comes to a point in the middle, it is really a beautiful piece. I guess it qualifies as a bead as you run a thread or chain through it and it is three dimensional. Only have a few, less than 30, to sell and it should sell out right quick. We will see who knows value and rarity here! Gold tone only. Seven dollars each. By the way, when we sold these in the early 50's, we charged $9 wholesale for them and that was a hundred years ago! It is about 11mm. Order# BDVN1089.

11mm 1 pc $7


Actually a form of milk glass mixed with a purplish swirl, these measure 12mm and are also of West German origin. Rare beads, the only one we've seen of this exact ilk so far in ten years on the net. Sold in lots of 6 for $15. Order# BDVN1087.

12mm 6 pcs $15




These are dusty plum color, another West German invention, from 1947. Measure a grandly 11x14mm and even have that plumly shape. Named after Herr Plumgarten of bead hunting fame, these are all that remain of that once overbearing estate. True! I swear!! Same price as the ones above. Composition of the glass is the same, which leads me to that conclusion. Sold by color, any color you want as long as it is plum. Number BDVN1086.

11x14mm 6 pcs $15


This stately bead has been copied and recopied but these are the originals and date to 1930 something. Made in Czechoslovakia long before WW2. The copies use foil on the surface, which wears and falls off. The originals, these, are ALL glass, even the gold is embedded in the glass and they will never deteriorate. And that is what we are all about. Quality, Originality, Vintage. And the rest is up to you. Two colors, and only two colors have survived. This is the purple, almost black, one sold in lots of 12 for $10. The size is 9-10mm, they vary somewhat. When we ship we match as close as humanly possible. Number BDVN1083A

9-10mm 12 pcs $10


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Blue foil bead from Japan, 1954. It measures 12mm round. Sold in lots of 12 for $12 . Volume discounts see below:

  • Buy 1 lot pay $12.

  • Buy 3 lots pay $9.60 per lot. .

  • Buy 6 lots and pay $7.20 per lot. Item number VN5540.



  • Something of a kid brother to the pink one, which is long sold out (blue is for boys, remember?) all things being equal this is actually more in the turquoise family, otherwise all is the same. Including the stock, which is not much. Still 16mm, Italian, 1949..in fact the same factory made a number of them all gone now. Oh welll. $24 per lot of 4, Order# BDVN2055B.

    16mm 4 pcs $24


    Black Diamond teardrops from our friends in Czechoslovakia. Measure 6x10mm only $7.50 per dozen BDVN1092

    10x6mm 12 pcs $7.50


    Bee hives is what we call them, and they are pretty rare nowadays. Always a popular bead but we have not seen any others in ten years until we found this bunch buzzing away. These measure 8x11mm and in actuality are a real cherry red. They all match in life, in the photo they vary depending on the angle of the light. Hey, did you want me to sit there and line them all up so they would all look the same? I am a busy guy, no time for that sort of thing, besides, I was busy watching the test pattern on the TV. So here they are "au natural". Sold in lots of 6pc for $15. BDVN1090. Japanese, 1950.

    8x11mm 6 pcs $15


    West German bars that look like pink marble. They also follow the same color scheme as rhodochrosite. Bet you can't say that three times fast! Measure 13x4mm and sold in lots of 12 pcs for $10, take two lots and pay twice as much!! A real deal! BDVN1091.

    13x4mm 12 pcs $10


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  • From Our True Stories Department

    Elementary Class Project
    -Watch them grow!

    This is one of those classic examples of the unpredictable nature of teaching.

    A class of elementary students started a class project to make a planter to take home and wanted to have a plant in it that was easy to take care of, so it was decided to use cactus plants.
    The students were given greenware pottery of a clown planter and they painted them with glaze and had them professionally fired at a class outing so they could see the process. It was great fun.
    They planted the cactus seeds in the finished planters and they grew nicely but unfortunately, the children were not allowed to take them home.
    The cactus plants were removed and a small ivy replaced them and the children were then allowed to take them home.

    Why the Children Could Not Take the First Plants Home





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