Vintage Nailhead Beads

Nailhead beads are pressed glass, faceted sequin-like embellishments that were sewn onto clothing to add subtle interest during the late 19th century. Queen Victoria started an international fashion for using them as subtle embellishments on mourning dresses which is why is why we find so many nailhead beads in black, gun-metal or darker glass colour ways. They continued to be used in fashion until the 1920s after which they lay dormant until their recent revival. Most of these were manufactured in Bohemia (Czech Republic) in the early 1900’s, although some come from other parts of Europe including France and Germany. They have a flat back so that they will lie close against the fabric and an irregularly domed top, sometimes faceted, which led to the term “nail head.”

Nailheads as used in the very popular book ‘Shaped Beadwork’ by Diane Fitzgerald, which we also stock, and they can add interest, texture and a touch of glamour to many beading projects. The Bead Cellar is one of the premier importers of nailheads into the UK and being vintage they are a rare find and have a limited supply. Whilst many are dark colours you will also find some gorgeous lustre finishes, and some soft matt colours too. Most are round in shape but we have also found some square, oval, marquis and other unusual shapes with sizes ranging from 3mm to 12 mm.

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Vintage Nailhead 2.5mm Black Opaque Faceted x 40 Vintage Nailhead 3mm Crystal AB x20 Vintage Nailhead 3mm Hematite x 10
SKU: SKU3077
SKU: SKU3439
SKU: SKU3079
Vintage Nailhead 2.5mm Black Opaque Faceted x 40
Vintage Nailhead 3mm Crystal AB x20
Vintage Nailhead 3mm Hematite x 10
Our price: £1.80
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Vintage Nailhead 3mm White x 10 Vintage Nailhead 4mm Blue Square x 6 Vintage Nailhead 4mm Dark Brown Faceted x 20
SKU: SKU3119
SKU: SKU3081
SKU: SKU3143
Vintage Nailhead 3mm White x 10
Vintage Nailhead 4mm Blue Square x 6
Vintage Nailhead 4mm Dark Brown Faceted x 20
Our price: £0.40
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Vintage Nailhead 4mm Golden Lustre x 20 Vintage Nailhead 4mm Green Faceted x 6 Vintage Nailhead 4x11mm White Marquis 2 Strand Faceted x 10
SKU: SKU3076
SKU: SKU3080
SKU: SKU3153
Vintage Nailhead 4mm Golden Lustre x 20
Vintage Nailhead 4mm Green Faceted x 6
Vintage Nailhead 4x11mm White Marquis 2 Strand Faceted x 10
Our price: £1.55
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Vintage Nailhead 5/6mm Garnet Square x 20 Vintage Nailhead 5/6mm Garnet x 20 Vintage Nailhead 5mm Black Iris Faceted x 10
SKU: SKU3155
SKU: SKU3154
SKU: SKU3427
Vintage Nailhead 5/6mm Garnet Square x 20
Vintage Nailhead 5/6mm Garnet x 20
Vintage Nailhead 5mm Black Iris Faceted x 10
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Vintage Nailhead 5mm Blue-Red Denim Square x 10 Vintage Nailhead 5mm Green Lustre Faceted x 6 Vintage Nailhead 5mm Square Ruby Lustre Facete x 6
SKU: SKU3139
SKU: SKU3140
SKU: SKU3539
Vintage Nailhead 5mm Blue-Red Denim Square x 10
Vintage Nailhead 5mm Green Lustre Faceted x 6
Vintage Nailhead 5mm Square Ruby Lustre Facete x 6
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Vintage Nailhead 5mm Yellow Faceted x 8 Vintage Nailhead 6mm Amethyst 2 Strand x10 Vintage Nailhead 6mm Black Iris Faceted x 10
SKU: SKU3166
SKU: SKU3440
SKU: SKU3144
Vintage Nailhead 5mm Yellow Faceted x 8
Vintage Nailhead 6mm Amethyst 2 Strand x10
Vintage Nailhead 6mm Black Iris Faceted x 10
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Vintage Nailhead 6mm Black Square Faceted x 10 Vintage Nailhead 6mm Golden Bronze Faceted x 10 Vintage Nailhead 6mm Lemon Swirl x 6
SKU: SKU3157
SKU: SKU3123
SKU: SKU3147
Vintage Nailhead 6mm Black Square Faceted x 10
Vintage Nailhead 6mm Golden Bronze Faceted x 10
Vintage Nailhead 6mm Lemon Swirl x 6
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Vintage Nailhead 6mm Pewter Faceted x 10 Vintage Nailhead 6mm Turquoise Domed x 10 Vintage Nailhead 7mm Black Hexagon Faceted x 20
SKU: SKU3122
SKU: SKU3145
SKU: SKU3073
Vintage Nailhead 6mm Pewter Faceted x 10
Vintage Nailhead 6mm Turquoise Domed x 10
Vintage Nailhead 7mm Black Hexagon Faceted x 20
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Vintage Nailhead 7mm Dove Grey Domed x6 Vintage nailhead 7mm Hematite Faceted x 6 Vintage Nailhead 7mm Lavender Faceted x 20
SKU: SKU3428
SKU: SKU3159
SKU: SKU3142
Vintage Nailhead 7mm Dove Grey Domed x6
Vintage nailhead 7mm Hematite Faceted x 6
Vintage Nailhead 7mm Lavender Faceted x 20
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Vintage Nailhead 7mm Royal Blue 2 Strand x 10 Vintage Nailhead 7mm Sunflower Yellow Domed x 10 Vintage Nailhead 9mm Black 2 Strand x 6
SKU: SKU3148
SKU: SKU3151
SKU: SKU3538
Vintage Nailhead 7mm Royal Blue 2 Strand x 10
Vintage Nailhead 7mm Sunflower Yellow Domed x 10
Vintage Nailhead 9mm Black 2 Strand x 6
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