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WELSH SAILOR CARVED COWRIE SHELLS
Circa 1800

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  • Xupes Reference MI111152
  • Age Circa 1800
  • Condition The shells are offered in fine overall condition. One shell has a couple of hairlines in the body with a small pinhole to the surface but the shells are otherwise in excellent condition. An unusual find and an interesting set of sailors carvings to add to any serious collection!  View More Details

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    Unworn

    Item is in unworn or unused condition and there are no visible imperfections.

    Exceptional

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  • We offer an unusual set of four antique carved cowrie shells probably carved by a Welsh sailor during his travels and dating from the early 19th century. The four Indo Pacific Tiger Cowrie shells originated from a private collection and each is carved with a different message. One shell is carved with a tribute to James Moss Comedian & Vocalist Born August 19, 1833; another is carved Egan for my love, mum; another A Present from Aberporth while the last one is carved ‘A Sunday well spent brings a week of content’. An unusual set particularly with the Welsh association and a must to add to any serious collection of early shipping memorabilia.

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