Rare to find, this Sailor's Valentine was made in the 1800's, called a roundel or porthole framed scene, it features a round convex glass with a sailing ship scene inside. Highly collectible and so wonderfully decorative, a fantastic addition to your shell work collection, from a collector's estate. Over the last century some of the shells were replaced and reglued, there is a beautiful variety of shells, including pelican's feet, glowing mother of pearl shells, coral and dried seaweed.
The shells are set in plaster cement, painted gold, there are some pieces missing as shown. The collector replaced the original hanging cord with a metal bracket to display on the wall in a more sturdy manner. This diorama is quite a stunning find for your Victorian, shell or folk art collection. Please note that the image inside the glass is perfect, the lines are glare from the convex glass. Measures 9~3/4" in diameter x 2~1/2"h.