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ID:	527328 Got to see part of amazing collection of old beads from Thailand. I heard a story that over 40 years ago a temple was being built and when they were digging came across thousands of beads and would let locals for a small fee dig to help pay for temple . Some of these beads are from there along with two other sites in Thailand. I forgot how to pronounce them one of them is khlong Tom. He had some with a combination of Inuit and Thai stuff . Pretty cool stuff .
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  • #2
    I have been known to collect African Trading beads i like the ones from the 1800s. Nice beads
    NW Georgia

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    • Cecilia
      Cecilia commented
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      Yes, you have been (known to collect beads!)

  • #3
    Always love the beads, but I’m drawn to the pendant and tooth shaped one’s
    Floridaboy.

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    • #4
      Pendant is ivory and is Asian. The teeth ones are Aleutian island stuff. Back in the 70’s a guy used to work in Alaska and Indians would trade stuff for beer/alcohol . I’ve seen some amazing stuff a couple years ago . My dad was caretaker of part of that collection after the guy died all carved bone and ivory artifacts , whales teeth , walrus ect, harpoons, pendants beads ect ect and then it passed to another collector . Wish I had pics .

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      • #5
        Cool stuff Sgt
        SW Connecticut

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        • #6
          Those are really cool
          Near the PA/Ohio state line

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          • #7
            I believe those are monkey teeth. I have a few necklaces from Peru with similar teeth.

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            • SGT.Digger
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              I didn’t get a good look but those were Inuit from Alaska from what he said

            • Narrow Way Knapper
              Narrow Way Knapper commented
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              Well then, scratch the monkey teeth theory.

          • #8
            Those are cool. I'd bet some of the agate beads were made in Khambhat India. There were lots of trade routes between Thailand & India going back centuries (religion, spices, and other trade, etc.)

            Khambhat has of the most unique traditions of knapping going back 5000 years, the beads are knapped to shape from agate, then polished & drilled. This is the same village that makes all of the "dovetail" style bulk arrowheads you see on ebay.
            Hong Kong, but from Indiana/Florida

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            • SGT.Digger
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              He mentioned the beads coming from three locations I can’t remember the other two . I had him spell the one ☝️.

          • #9
            Nice thread snd some great information here .
            Love those beads .

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            • #10
              Thanks for the look and info Sarg. i too am an old bead collector. I have many from Gerald Fenstermachers collection If anyone knows who he was. Kim
              Knowledge is about how and where to learn more Knowledge that you seek. Snyder County Pa.

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              • #11
                Pretty cool stuff...dont see that ever day

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                • #12
                  The teeth look like the front lower of a dog or Wolf. Kim
                  Knowledge is about how and where to learn more Knowledge that you seek. Snyder County Pa.

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