About three weeks ago I received and e-mail about this book “Under Glass”, by John Whitenight in hopes of aiding my ongoing research in the History of Shell Art and those 8 sided cases called Sailors Valentines.
Sure enough on page 55 were comments talking about the term Sailor Valentine coming into vogue in the 19th Century. To date in my research the term, Sailors Valentine emanates from the coastal towns of New England in particular the Island of Nantucket. In England they were know as eight sided Shadow boxes with a Shell Mosaic under glass, which aids my research. John`s book continues on thru pages 49 thru 80 with dated pictures of early shell art under glass and to get a close up look you need to see : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9GrEK3d8ofI. To use one word to describe the book and video it`s just, “Fascinating”!
What I never expected to find in the book was, Chapter 10 Automata “Musical Mechanical Masterpieces”.
I have had this item in my possession for the past 15or20 years and really knew nothing about it.
I had the duel movement cleaned a long time ago and never went any further, so thank you John for the nice surprise. I need to stop here and get back to my 8 sided research, but if you have any interest in 19th Century Shell Art do yourself the favor and view the video.
Automation History see: http://youtu.be/8OAA7yn_Km8
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