Ancient "Porcelain"  Beads

Very early trading beads once traded all over West Africa ... some of these beads were found in the bush and on the shore near the old Albreda trading post at Juffureh, on the banks of the River Gambia. This village was the location used as the home of Kunta Kinte by Alex Haley, when he wrote his famous Roots story.
All offered as found without any previous cleaning, to preserve their authenticity.

For Reference Only

Bead sizes 3 x 3 to 27 x 8 mm
* The beads in the centre strand were personally collected on the shores of the River Gambia at Albreda in 1999 and helped start my interest in African trade beads.
The strand contains part of the stem of a churchwarden’s clay pipe.