Seashell Coin Purse, Trinket Box is a beautiful and precious small decorative box, perfect for storing small treasure or common objects. Each one is unique and special, you will receive the exact item pictured. Collect one or a bowlfull. Makes for easy gifting, we love to add one tied to a ribbon on a bottle of wine as a hostess gift!
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DIMENSIONS: 2" L x 2" W x 2" H, approximate
MATERIAL: Natural Seashell, Brass
HISTORY & FACTS: The use of shells as purses mainly dates from the end of the 19th century, when the Victorians love of the natural world and passion for collecting seashells coincided with the middle classes being able to take holidays and make journeys to the seaside on the newly constructed railways. Visitors to seaside resorts often wished to take back souvenirs of their excursions, and shell purses were one of many items produced by entrepreneurial shopkeepers.
Most shell purses were designed to be carried in a pocket or handbag; however, some were designed as necklaces or small handbags. Being small they could at most be used to hold a few coins such gold sovereigns in Victorian times, pills, keys, or special items such as arrowheads, children's teeth, etc.