A vivid pearlescent glow and the sweetest scalloped edges make this dish beautiful on it's own, in a decorative vignette, or as an elegant vessel for tiny treasures. Three brass legs of stacked knobs echo the rounded forms at the shell's edge. Brilliantly designed.
This Victorian era dish was originally created as a master salt dish. It would have come with a small silver spoon, probably shell themed, and smaller accompanying dishes to scatter around the table. Today it makes for a unique touch to the modern home. A dear gift for someone in your life who loves the sea or dreamy relics of the past.
Antique carved shell on brass legs. Unmarked. Estimated late 1800's to early 1900's. Measures 4" long, 2.5" wide and 1.75" tall with a 1.25" deep bowl. Very good condition with slight wear consistent with age (minor chips and hairline cracking). This delicate dish is not recommended as a place for weighty or sharp trinkets.
Use of natural shell in design was hugely popular among humans in the Victorian Era, both in high design and crafting at-home (or at sea, as it was for many men). Popular items included boxes covered with intricate shell mosaics and purselets made from clamshell and sharkskin.