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Victorian sailor's shell valentine - 'G. Darling'

S/N:KS7386

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c.1900

United Kingdom

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A late Victorian shellwork diorama in the shape of a porthole, featuring a chromolithograph of the heroic Grace Darling. In front of the image is an artfully arranged display of shells and seaweed creating a 3D effect to the view. In superb original condition.

These shellwork dioramas were produced in the late Victorian/early Edwardian period as souvenirs of coastal towns and seaside locations, often bought by sailors as presents for their sweethearts.

Grace Horsley Darling (1815–1842) was an English lighthouse keeper's daughter, participating in the rescue of survivors from the shipwrecked 'Forfarshire' in 1838. The paddle steamer ran aground on the Farne Islands, off the coast of Northumberland. Nine members of the crew were saved.

Dimensions: 

  • H: 23cm (9.06in)
  • W: 23cm (9.06in)

Period: 

c.1900

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Marc has been successfully dealing in decorative antiques for over 15 years, fuelled by his lifelong passion for artefacts of the past. His workshop, a converted Methodist Sunday School, is located on the edge of Bodmin Moor, Cornwall.

He successfully mixes styles and periods to create his own unique collection of ‘delightful objects’. Good design, craftsmanship, colour and an age-worn patina all play their part in his discerning approach to buying. His selection of stock is often based on its aesthetic appeal rather than its age, and he loves to find items that have a story to tell.

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