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Saturday, July 3, 2010

A Fun 4th of July Weekend & Antique Beads

Here's hoping you have a great 4th of July weekend. Sequim had the Marine Band giving a concert last night & yesterday afternoon, another concert tonight, our Sequim open air Farmer's Market today, fireworks, jazz in the alley...lots of fun stuff!!!

Now...if I can just keep my Brit DH from flying the British Union Jack from the flagpole instead of the Stars & Stripes!!! He always does it...more to get a laugh from the neighbors than anything. He was pretty disappointed when both England & the US were routed from the World Cup as he LOVES his football (soccer to you Yanks) but is enjoying the games today anyway.

We have just acquired some antique Venetian cased glass eye trade beads that I love. The beads are hand made & date to 1860-1880s and are red with white dots. They are so cool!!!
The beads measure 14mm in diameter and were used as trade beads all over the world. I was an archaeologist for a few years and did salvage digs in the San Fernando Valley of California saving/documenting California indian sites that were being flooded by the Army Corp of Engineers in dam projects. We found these beads in the graves that dated to the 1860-1870s. They really are tactile pieces of history to me. I LOVE them!

Well, have a great holiday weekend and come visit us at Antiques And Teacups for
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