Blue Glass Trade Beads, Alaska, 19th Century

Blue Glass Trade Beads, Alaska, 19th Century

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Object Name
nontraditional money
alternative currency
Other Terms
Trade Beads; North America; Alaska
date made
19th Century
place made
United States: Alaska
associated place
United States: Alaska
Physical Description
mineral aggregate, glass beads (overall material)
(28) (overall material)
string (overall material)
cut, holed, and polished (overall production method/technique)
glass (overall material)
blue (overall color)
overall: 40 cm x 1.6 cm x 1.6 cm; 15 3/4 in x 5/8 in x 5/8 in
average spatial: 9 mm x 10.5 mm; 3/8 in x 7/16 in
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
collector/donor number
Credit Line
Chase Manhattan
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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