French Shellwork Jewelry Box, most likely made by a seaport French artist, these were sold in the ports of France to French sailors returning home to gift to their lady love, for extra income. This box dates to the early 1900's, the shells are mounted on a purple board box with light blue interior. Rare to find these days, avidly collected, this was purchased in France. This collectable box features a variety of shells, glowing mother of pearl turret shells, a pelican's foot shell, and other beautiful specimens. Arranged in a decorative pattern on the top, all in creams and purple accents with little red pops of color.
The shells are imbedded in plaster on the outside. Please only purchase this piece for your maritime collection if you love pieces with patina and the grace of time, the corners have wear and one small shell on the top is missing. In good condition, a stunning 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.
- Measures 6" x 4" x 2-1/2" h.