Seashell Heart Shaped, Trinket Box these handcrafted boxes are such a lovely way to add more love into your life! This beautiful and precious small decorative box is perfect for storing small treasures or common objects.
Each one is unique and special, you will receive the exact item pictured. Collect one or multiple. Makes for easy gifting, we love to use it to place a small meaning gift inside, Valentines day or any day!
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DIMENSIONS: 4" D x 5" W x 3" H, approximate
MATERIAL: Natural Seashell glued to red velvet covered papier-mâché box
HISTORY & FACTS: In the 17th century, the shells brought back by the traders of the Dutch East India Company began an infatuation for shells among European collectors. The very wealthy, along with royalty, collected the prized rare shells with great passion.
Dutch merchants opened a market jusr to sell these exotic rarities and newly discovered shell specimens. The upper classes of Europe collected the shells in their “cabinets of curiosity”, display shelves and cases featuring their most treasured collectibles– their own private museums – to showcase off their expensive collection to friends and other collectors.
As ships brought back cargoes of exotic shells for the whims of the aristocracy, it’s not surprising that covering smaller objects with shells soon became fashionable for upper class ladies of leisure.
Victorian ladies could purchase shellwork supplies in Mrs. Roberson’s shop on London’s Grosvenor Square. Little packets were sold with shells already sorted and accompanied by printed patterns for forming shell flowers, boxes and frames. To attach shells to a decorative object, the shells were dipped into hot wax or glue, and arranged in fanciful designs. Shell art, or shell work, as it is also called, was a past time many Victorian society ladies enjoyed!