Antique French Shellwork Miniature Suitcase, most often made on land by women and sold in ports for extra income to French sailors. This small wonder dates to the early 1900's, the shells are mounted on thick cardboard which was first covered in bright light blue decorative paper and accented with portions of woven basket strips to mimic the straw suitcases of the day. Rare to find these days, avidly collected, this was purchased in France from a collector's estate.
Features a variety of shells, glowing mother of pearl turret shells, and other small examples of shells suited for this small piece. One or two missing shells noted, otherwise this is in good condition and a beautiful addition to your collection. That these delicate pieces survived 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. It still closes, although when standing it does open slightly, please only purchase this piece for your maritime collection if you love pieces with patina and the grace of time.