This is a beautiful large dark cherry amber bakelite FATURAN islamic prayer beads. At a glance the color looks like brown/burgundy but against light you will see an amazing red as seen in the photos The color is accurate in the photos , some beads have more translucency than others as seen in photo but mostly it is semitranslucent, these large oval barrel beads each measuring 21x14mm on average, 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 with positive yellow residue.
I believe were carved in the early 1930s. The cord is nylon thick 1.5mm and will stay there a lifetime. The total weight is 121gms , remove about 10gms for the metal accessories , the beads are generally equal but vary a little in size as they are hand carved. 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. The item "Antique Ottoman dark cherry amber bakelite tested islamic faturan prayer beads" is in sale since Thursday, August 25, 2016.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.