Amazing Trade Bead Reference Website

Posted on August 05, 2013 by Abe Silverman | 0 comments

Dedicated collectors of African trade beads have often seen references to the legendary J.F. Sick & Company collection.  J.F. Sick was one of the major wholesalers of European beads that ended up being traded in Africa.  The company put together a comprehensive collection of "Sample Cards," which include an actual example of each bead that they sold.  

For the first time, the Tropenmuseum in Amsterdam has put the entire J.F. Sick collection online, including beautiful, full color, high resolution copies of each card.  This site is a fabulous reference for all of us that love trade beads.

You can visit the Tropenmuseum's collection online at:  Just amazing! 

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