This 1920s armband utilises a classic 19th century Zulu beadwork pattern featuring alternating geometric squares of coral and black and blue and black beads in a white background. There are many 19th century examples of similar patterns and of the use of a white border to contain them in “South East African Beadwork” by Stevenson and Graham-Stewart, see numbers 80, 83, 149, 163, etc. This example is beaded onto an old leather strap with a brass buckle, possibly part of an old horse harness or military uniform. The age of the leather is apparent from the wear on the back, but the beadwork is in excellent condition, with about 8 beads only missing from the border near the buckle strap. Size 34 x 4 cm / 13 ½ x 1 ¾ inches , beaded area 18 x 4 cm / 7 x 1 ¾ inches.