A Victorian shellwork diorama on board. Behind the original glass is a chromolithograph of an iron clad 'dreadnought' at sea, in front of which is an artfully arranged display of shells and seaweed, creating a 3D effect to the view.
These shellwork dioramas were produced in the late Victorian/early Edwardian period as souvenirs of coastal towns and seaside locations. They were often bought by sailors as presents for their sweethearts.
NOW SOLD - Victorian sailor's shellwork valentine - 'Dreadnought'
Dimensions (h x w)
18 x 12cm