Tuesday, September 5, 2023

Seashell Obelisks

Amanda Lindroth

I came across this Amanda Lindroth vignette and was of course drawn to the collection of seashell valentines that are favorites of hers.

"A sailor's valentine is a form of shellcraft, a type of mostly antique souvenir, or sentimental gift made using large numbers of small seashells. These were originally made between 1830 and 1890, and they were designed to be brought home from a sailor's voyage at sea and given to the sailor's loved one or loved ones. Sailor valentines are typically octagonal, glass-fronted, hinged wooden boxes ranging from 8 to 20 inches in width, displaying intricate symmetrical designs composed entirely of small sea shells of various colors glued onto a backing. Patterns often feature a centerpiece such as a compass rose or a heart design, hence the name, and in some cases the small shells are used to spell out a motto or sentimental message." (Wikipedia)

I also noticed the seashell obelisk on the desk because I have a pair of them that I bought years ago.


I have not seen others, so I thought I would see what else similar is out there. I found this pair for $3,200 on 1stDibs - 

Pair of Decorative Shell Obelisks


This is $1,900 for one - 

Shell Obelisk

For those of you in the DC area, I bought them at Neiman Marcus Last Call in Potomac Mills for less than $100 for the pair! 

Whenever I research seashell decor, I am surprised by the prices. It has become highly collectible! Keep your eyes open for seashell pieces at flea markets and estate sales and such.

BTW, this fabulous seashell mirror is on a Labor Day Sale at a great price. It's a wonderful piece. At 34" by 52" it would make quite a statement over a mantel, sideboard, or entryway table.

Marigot Shell Mirror

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