Vintage Beads

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Most of our Vintage Beads are German: The German glass bead industry began in 1948 when German glass makers were evicted out of Czechoslovakia for having German surnames. Of the two thousand or so workers and owners evicted- only about 2 or 3 were still making hand pressed glass in the 70's. Our collection of hand pressed, hand cut class was purchased 25 years ago and the prices of newer glass from Germany or Czechoslovakia are much higher.