19th Century Sailor's Valentine
This is an intact and complete mid 19th century Sailor's Valentine in a hinged octagonal wood box with the sentiment "Think of Me" in the center of the right panel. The piece is in excellent condition with two small shells loose in the left panel and all shells intact in the right panel. This was probably made in the mid 19th century in Barbados for sale to sailors as a gift to bring home to their sweethearts when they returned from a long voyage at sea. The wood on the top panel has a vertical crack across it.