A late Victorian shellwork diorama in the shape of a porthole, featuring a chromolithograph of three masted ships passing a lighthouse. In front of the image is an artfully arranged display of shells and seaweed, creating a 3D effect to the view. All encased within a hand-blown glass bubble. In good 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.
SOLD - Large antique sailor's shellwork valentine