Eighteenth-Century North American Firearms Decorated with Inlaid Glass Beads
Over the millennia, glass beads have been used to ornament a wide array of objects. A rare application in the 18th century was their use to personalize and adorn firearms used on the North American continent. Only four examples have been encountered so far.
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"Eighteenth-Century North American Firearms Decorated with Inlaid Glass Beads."
BEADS: Journal of the Society of Bead Researchers
34: 60-64. Available at: