Antique Czech original glass cabochon bead making hand pressing pliers tool

Antique Czech original glass cabochon bead making hand pressing pliers tool
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Antique vintage Czech Bohemian original cabochon or bead hand press molding pliers. Dating from the turn of the century these are traditional cabochon or bead making pliers, used in the times prior to full mechanisation. The actual making of the cabochons and beads at this time, on the whole, remained a cottage industry, in that the pliers and attached molds were bought and used by individuals or families who would work from home to supply the companies that would trade the beads. Each house would have a furnace in which glass rods were heated before the cabochons and beads were individually pressed before being polished by hand.
These are set for pressing 9mm domed round cabochons or possibly nail head beads as there is an attachment for creating the bead hole. Stamped with the owners initials of "J.H" and the number 4 to identify the glass size. These are still in working condition, having been used up to the latter half of the last century. The surface metal does have some pitting which is to be expected and years of untouched patina.
A nice collectible part of Czech Bohemian glass making history.
Origin: Czech/Bohemian
Size: 13 inches
Year: circa 1900's
Condition: Vintage condition. See description
Quantity: 1

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