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SHELLWORK

 

Collection of sailor's shellwork valentines.

Most are from Barbados; circa 1860-1880.

Smaller ones (9 1/2 inches) usually have the mottos, while the larger ones
(up to 14 1/2 inches) have the typical heart on one side with the compass rose
on the other.

All in mahogany cases, mostly double which closed onto each other.

Once in a while, singles with opening glass lids.

French shellwork- delicate design, all shells. c. 1820