The Sailor’s Valentine originated as a way for sailors to not only express their love for wives and family, but to also while away the endless days at sea. Fashioned from varieties of colorful shells found during their travels, these beautiful mosaics were originally housed in wooden boxes and covered in glass. I first became aware of these highly collectible works of art early during our 10 year sojourns to Nantucket for the summer. Imagine my delight in finding these miniature versions of Sailors Valentines encased in vintage pocket watches! An exquisitely detailed scrimshaw depicting an alluring mermaid encircled by a garland of flowers, is the focal point of this unique antique pocket watch Sailor’s Valentine. This mermaid is surrounded by a painstaking arrangement of the most miniature shells in periwinkle blue and green . A festooned prehnite chain with gorgeous smooth tanzanite nuggets accented with hand-coiled loops are interspersed with delicate hand-linked ivory freshwater pearls. A grouping of tokens from the sea crowns the top of this charming shell mosaic. These are truly one-of-a-kind designs that will amaze your friends!
Size: 30.5” long with 3.50” pendant drop.