WONDERFUL, VERY UNUSUAL STRAND OF VINTAGE MERCURY GLASS BEAD CHRISTMAS TREE GARLAND. What beautiful old glass beads. They would be perfect for your Vintage design tree, your Patriotic tree, or other red, white and blue decorating ideas. Very unusual style and design. Rich, vibrant coloration in shades of silver with a red stripe around each bead, mimicking that of a candy cane, and royal blue. Rare to find this type of two tone coloration on the old beads. There are two different size beads on this strand. We have the large royal blue colored beads, that measure about 5/8" each, and the red / silver colored beads measure about 7/16" each. Again, a very unusual strand. The beads are all in very good vintage condition, as shown in the photos. We have tried to remove any damaged or broken beads, so they are ready to be used and enjoyed. This lovely strand measures about 70" long, has a cardboard circle and metal twist tie at each end. When it comes to glass bead garlands such as these, each glass bead would have been hand blown in countries such as Germany, Czechoslovakia or Japan right after WW II. Imports into the US then began in the late 1940's, into the 1950's, when trade began with these countries. Many Czech beads can be much earlier, dating pre-war. For more information and history on vintage Christmas items, visit The Golden Glow of Christmas Past web site. What a great addition for your Christmas Holiday collection!!!!!