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Antique 19thC Sailors Valentine. Double Octagon Case. Shell Message THINK OF ME.

Antique 19thC Sailors Valentine. Double Octagon Case. Shell Message THINK OF ME.

This exquisite example of an early Sailor’s Valentine is unique because of the raised floral wreath, dating it circa 1830. There is a similar one in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, a gift of Queen Mary. The large octagonal frame is mahogany, rather than the usual cedar, with an ivory escutcheon. The central wreath, mounted en tremblant, rests on a raised silk base, and may even have been a wedding hairpiece.

This exquisite example of an early Sailor’s Valentine is unique because of the raised floral wreath, dating it circa 1830. There is a similar one in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, a gift of Queen Mary. The large octagonal frame is mahogany, rather than the usual cedar, with an ivory escutcheon. The central wreath, mounted en tremblant, rests on a raised silk base, and may even have been a wedding hairpiece.

Double Sailor`s Valentine, Barbados ca. 1880 - Size 9 inches

Double Sailor`s Valentine, Barbados ca. 1880 - Size 9 inches

A 19TH CENTURY CASED PAIR OF SAILOR'S SHELLWORK VALENTINES.

A 19TH CENTURY CASED PAIR OF SAILOR'S SHELLWORK VALENTINES.

British Admiral Nelson Commemorative Micro Ivory Ship and Garnet Ring - 1790c, English.

British Admiral Nelson Commemorative Micro Ivory Ship and Garnet Ring - 1790c, English.

Ship Model - Lars Bolander Ltd

Ship Model - Lars Bolander Ltd

~ Embossed, and Polychrome Painted Leather Folding Screen from Thomas W. Lawson's Dreamwold Estate, Scituate, Massachusetts ~ skinnerinc.com/auctions

~ Embossed, and Polychrome Painted Leather Folding Screen from Thomas W. Lawson's Dreamwold Estate, Scituate, Massachusetts ~ skinnerinc.com/auctions

British Sailor's Large Woolwork Woolie with Seven Royal Navy Ships.

British Sailor's Large Woolwork Woolie with Seven Royal Navy Ships.

A nineteenth-century sailor's valentine with heart, anchor and floral symbols.

A nineteenth-century sailor's valentine with heart, anchor and floral symbols.

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