This is a beautiful RARE opaque cherry amber bakelite FATURAN islamic prayer beads. The color is accurate in the photos deep black/burgundy/red depending on the light , the more light the more deep burgundy it is , at first glance it may look black but it is deep black cherry , rare color , these oval barrel beads each measuring 17x15mm on average , the imame is ONE piece , original faturan.
You will not find another one , this prayer beads have been tested by a hot needle in an inconspicuous place revealing 100% bakelite smell results and have been tested with simichrome revealing a light yellow stain, please see the last photo. I believe were carved in the early 1900s. The cord is nylon thick 1.5mm and will stay there a lifetime. The total weight is 124 gms , all metal accessories weigh about 10gms , the tassel bead is an amazing work with cherry faturan!!!!
The beads are all equal but vary as they are hand carved and this is a rare color and rare form , also please look at details. Please look at the photos as they speak for themselves. The condition is excellent except for minor scratches with no cracks or defects , some wear from usage over the years.This is not recently carved or new bakelite , all original. This is not new lathe from old material , old carving hard to find , hardly used absolutely no defects.
The item "Antique opaque cherry amber bakelite faturan tested islamic prayer beads" is in sale since Saturday, July 01, 2017. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Religion & Spirituality\Islam\Prayer Beads". The seller is "akojrmd" and is located in Reisterstown, Maryland. This item can be shipped worldwide.