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One of our customers came into one of our retail locations, and is responsible for a late 1700's archaeological dig in Pennsylvania, and came across a number of beads. I have not seen them, but figured that someone with more experience in the beads of that era would be better to send him to for identification. Does anyone here fit that bill?
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How interesting! I unfortunately don't fit that bill but I'm very, very curious about the old beads.
It would be very nice to see pictures of them but that might be too much to ask.
Greetings from Karin.
I'm pretty good at history, but I couldn't be 100% I could positively identify them. I'd need to see them first, and then......well, I dunno. They might even be 18th century paste.
I would also like to learn more about these particular beads, and the site where they were found. Beads have been around for EVER, and were being massed produced even then. I'm wondering though, as they were found in PA, where in PA? Are they glass? Paste? Perhap old Indian Trade Beads? Would love to know more if you ever hear from this person again. Local history fascinates me.
These are all things I'd like to know as well.
How about it, Potomac Beads? Can you contact this person for more information on our behalf? Maybe get some photographs that can be uploaded to the site so that we can examine them in a bit more deatail? As tcwhit says, some of us here, including myself, are seriously into American history, including ancient jewelry, but we need a bit more to go on before any of us can begin to make any kind of preliminary determinations. I was an art history major with a minor in American/ European history in college, but that was 20 years ago. Our pooled knowledge here, though, might get this gentleman the answers he' seeking. Let us know.
Val Smyder, Boutique V