USA-Made 5" Sailor's Valentine Replicating 19th Century Design

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USA-Made 5" Sailor's Valentine Replicating 19th Century Design



5" octagonal box contains replica of an original Sailor's Valentine. Cherry box featuring genuine cameo in the center with white and pink shells.

Sailors' valentines were made in Barbados during the time period of 1830-1880 by the natives and sold to English and American sailors. Barbados was a port of call for the ships coming home. The sailors bought these souvenirs as tokens of love for their wives or girlfriends. The valentines were octagonal boxes made of cedrella (Spanish cedar) and contained mosaic designs created from seashells, often including a message of sentiment. A glass was placed over the design to protect the delicate shells. While most of the original valentines can be found in museums across the world, a very few become available at auctions where they demand high prices from collectors.

Made in the USA by nationally-recognized artisan, Lynda Hennigan! Lynda is one of the few artisans left who recreate these valentines in the traditional style. She has been chosen to join the distinguished group of craftsmen who comprise Early American Life Magazine's directory of traditional American crafts. Her work has been the subject of a feature article in Country Living magazine.

Dancing to the Spirit of the Wood is an artisan gift shop. We offer gifts that have been hand-crafted by artisans from all over the United States. Many of the items were crafted especially for us and are one-of-a-kind. We purchase many of these items directly from the artisan for resale in our shop.

Materials Used

shell, wood, genuine cameo

Product Attributes

Primary Material: Shell, wood, genuine cameo

Size: 8"

Color: White

Style: 19th Century

Shape: Octagon

Diameter: 5" in

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United States
First Item: $25.00
Additional Items: $9.00

All Other Countries
First Item: $50.00
Additional Items: $25.00



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