Intricate Sailor's Valentine Shell Picture of Doves and a Heart

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An interesting and decorative Sailor's Valentine shell picture of doves and a heart, c.1880. Set in a later shell frame.

Sailors' valentines were a shell art form developed in the early nineteenth century.

They were usually assembled by female residents of Barbados and other Caribbean island for sailors to purchase and bring back as souvenirs.
Details
Place of Origin
Caribbean, poss. Barbados
Date of Manufacture
c.1880
Period
19th Century
Materials and Techniques
Shell
Glass
Wood
Condition
Very good condition, commensurate with age, later shell frame.
Dimensions
19 in. H x 22 in. W
48 cm H x 56 cm W
Dealer Location
London, United Kingdom
Number of Items
1
Reference Number
U1101258401662
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