Delightful antique French Napoleon III era mother of pearl & gilt ormolu sailboat, boat or tall ship with twisted wire riggings, anchor lets or feet and "Souvenir du Havre" inscribed pearl sail! Everyone loves these old boats! I'm the same. I can't get enough of them. They're 19th century souvenirs, hand made with pieces of natural shell, very high pearlescent shimmer mother of pearl half-shells form the hull and the plinth upon which it stands. Larger shells are cut in shapes approximating sails and the entire piece is pulled together with various thicknesses of brass wiring, forming mast, finer twisted wire forms the rigging, etc. Some sewing or thimble stands, some inkwells or pocket watch holders though this one seems to be just a decorative trinket or jewelry dish. Wonderful little Grand Tour souvenir from someone's visit to Havre beaches, north of France on the English Chanel. Collect several for display. We have several sizes in inventory just now, sold separately.
Very good to excellent condition, without a chip or crack to the shell. The souvenir inscription likely would originally have been enamel filled so as to read easier but is worn away over years and cleaning. No missing rigging wires, and really very nice overall. High pearlescent shimmer and coloration to all pieces. Measurements noted on the photos.
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