If you’re a collector, you know that the process can be like young love: there is a symbolic meeting of the eyes and… you gotta have it. Sometimes this reunion with the unmet friend is facilitated by a matchmaker–a savvy dealer who knows both his merchandise and his clientele, a trader who tells a great story.
In the case of these beads, our matchmaker was a gaunt stranger who showed up for a number of years at the local Coin & Stamp Show. His booth was always near the front door and we rarely got past him without emptying our bank accounts for a story. He’d “just come from China,” he would tell us, where he traveled deep into the countryside to find some unique treasures. Their stories were told on tiny tags, with just the right words to seduce us. [For more, continue here>>>]