An early Edwardian shellwork diorama in the shape of a heart, featuring a chromolithograph of the S. S. Columbia (launched in 1902). 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 - Antique sailor's shellwork valentine - 'S. S. Columbia'
Dimensions (h x w)
21 x 20cm