A pair of Victorian shell towers under glass domes

A pair of Victorian shell towers in perfect condition under glass domes measuring 19″ x 7″


Two remarkable matched shell towers beneath glass domes. A considerable cottage industry for the making of intricately produced imitation flowers from sea shells grew up during the first half of the nineteenth century. Long after the industry had reached its climax a book was published (Ladies Fancy Work by Henry T. Williams, 1877) that codified and gave hints on how to accomplish the very complex ways of creating the fake flower heads. Due to their extreme fragility such survivals from the nineteenth century are rare. SEE UNDER GLASS: A Victorian Obsession by John Whitenight for further information.