Antique Victorian Sailor Shellwork Double Frame, most often made for a lady love by French sailors on the long voyages at sea, sometimes made on land by women and sold in ports for extra income. This dates to the mid to late 19th century, the shells are mounted on thick board which was first covered in dark paper. Many of these frames had glass inside, this one did not. The photos shown with it were merely taped into it by me to show what it will look like for you.
Rare to find these days, avidly collected, this was purchased in France from a collector's estate. The frame has a fantastic variety of shells, glowing pearlized turret shells, flat shells, turret shells and olivedae shells to name just a few. Repaired at one time on the middle bottom, the back is missing the usual paper insert for adding the photographs, otherwise this is a wonderful addition to your collection. That these delicate pieces survived over a century is more a testament to how much they are beloved and cared for by collectors than anything else. I am always thrilled to find one of these for you. Please only purchase this piece for your maritime collection if you love pieces with patina and the grace of time. Measures 7~3/4" x 7~1/4".