Sunday, February 14, 2010

Sailor's Valentines

A sailors’ valentine was a gift that many sailors brought home to their loved ones in the mid to late 1800s. Typically they are glass fronted boxes with shells glued in to make patterns, hearts, names etc.

Despite the name, sailors very seldom made these themselves. They typically bought them while abroad. One of the most popular places to obtain them was in Barbados.

Antique valentines are highly prized and very expensive. To save money you can make your own with collected shells or buy a kit.

I personally would love to get one of these as a gift and plan to make some for next years valentines.


  1. How pretty. Beautiful handmade gifts like this have gone by the wayside over the ages. Roses die, candy gets eaten up, etc. But something like these wonderful boxes can last generation after generation if they are passed to the right people who cherish them.

  2. To clarify my first post, I realize the sailors didn't usually handmake these themselves but considering their age they obviously weren't factory made. Blah. Factory made!


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