Collection of sailor's shellwork valentines.
Most are from Barbados; circa 1860-1880.
ones (9 1/2 inches) usually have the mottos, while
the larger ones
(up to 14 1/2 inches) have the typical heart on one side with the compass rose
on the other.
All in mahogany cases, mostly double which closed onto each other.
Once in a while, singles with opening glass lids.