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Antique French Gold Metallic Ball Barrel Beads ~ Passementerie
Antique French Gold Metallic Ball Barrel Beads ~ Passementerie

Material:  Metallic thread, wood beads
Color:  Rich bronzy gold metallic
Size:  14 - 15 mm = apx 1/2 diameter inch each
Origin:  France
Date:  19th century / 1800’s - 1910
Quantity:  29  ~ Sold individually   UPDATE:  11 Sold,    18 Currently Available

Wonderful NOS antique passementerie gold metallic covered bobble beads embellishment, dating to the American Victorian era and corresponding French Napoleon III  - La Belle Epoque period.
Occasionally we find a few of these old metallic beads, however in our previous finds the  beads were simply wrapped vertically in metallic threads, with no intricate weaving or braiding detail, like on this nice group.
Each of these ball barrel beads / bobbles / buttons features a wooded center that is covered with very fine gold metallic metal wire, in an interesting woven, or braided pattern.  They were individually hand made, so while very similar in shape and size, every bead is unique.
They do not appear to have ever been used and remain in exceptionally nice antique estate condition, with no problems or issues of any kind, aside from an occasional errant thread.
Metallic's do not photograph well for us, so unfortunately the beads do not appear as nice in the images as they really are.  They probably have acquired a somewhat darker gold patina than when originally made, but they are not as dark as the images suggest, and all of the beads have consistent, even and very similar rich gold color, with great luster and sparkle.  Best depicted in the first two or three beads shown in the forefront (lower portion) of the first image.
As a side note;  I once saw the most divine and incredibly large antique French  Napoleon III era tassel that featured similar metallic wire wrapped beads incorporated into the design.  It was definitely one of the most amazing tassels I have ever seen in my life, and demonstrated one way these beads were used during the period.
Overall a rather rare find of unused antique passementerie bobble beads that could be used in a myriad of ways, including fashioned into buttons or closures for clothing, or handbags, as well as embellishment for millinery, boudoir vanity items, French Fashion & Bebe doll dressing, tassels, pillows, drapes, soft furnishings, interior design, restorations and other projects requiring authentic period trims.

Regarding Shipping & Checkout: we can only reflect USPS Priority Shipping Rates through our Cart/Check-out system, however if you wish to make a purchase totaling LESS than $50.00, and the item(s) is small/light weight, like buttons, ribbon, paper, etc., it is possible USPS First Class mail might be slightly less expensive. If you would like a First Class mail price quote, rather than using our standard checkout as described below, please email us via the Contact tab on menu at page top;  please include the item description, quantity and destination.  We will gladly reply with a cost for USPS First Class mail, at which time a custom Paypal Invoice can be forwarded to facilitate payment, if desired.

ORDERING DETAILS:  If you wish to purchase more than one bobble bead, which is the minimum purchase, please type the desired number from 2 to 18, in the white QUANTITY Box below and then click the ADD TO CART Button.  The appropriate total for your selection will be calculated and shown on the resulting Invoice.

Antique French Gold Metallic Ball Barrel Beads, Bobbles ~ Passementerie

$ 5.00

per bobble

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