An Edwardian anchor-shaped shell work diorama. Inside the glass 'porthole' is a handtinted photograph of a paddle-steamer moored in a harbour, in front of which is an artfully arranged display of shells and seaweed, creating a 3D effect to the view. The piece has a faux-bois card backing, and a red velvet trim. There are a few replacement shells, but overall it is in good, original condition.
These shell work 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.
NOW SOLD Antique shell work anchor diorama
Dimensions (h x w) 28cm x 21cm