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.


  • Place of Origin
    Caribbean, poss. Barbados
  • Date of Manufacture
  • Period
    19th Century
    Materials and Techniques
  • 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
  • Seller Location
    London, United Kingdom
  • Number of Items
  • Reference Number
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