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Mariner's Compass & Love Heart Valentine

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A fine and early sailors' valentine, the left hand design based on the mariner's compass centred by a flower, the right hand a love heart. Within a good mahogany case, the sides showing something of a 'fiddle-back' grain.

 

Barbados circa 1840.

 

Sailors' Valentines were made on the Islands of the West Indies, principally Barbados, throughout the 19th century. These islands were often a ships last port of call before returning to home, particularly for vessels of the United States Navy. 

 

w.27.25 in  x h.13 5/8 in when open.

 

Item Code: 2800

£ 6800

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