This wooden blotter is decorated all over with shells of different sizes and colours.
One shell is inscribed 'Wells On Sea', a popular seaside resort in Norfolk, England.
Measures approximately 3.5 inches by 2 inches.
Shell work items were very popular holiday souvenirs in the 19th century. This example would have appealed to many as it had a practical use instead of being purely decorative.
It is in good condition overall - a little dusty with a small graze to one wooden corner and possible loss of one or two small shells.
19th Century Souvenir Shell Work Desk Blotter From Wells-on-Sea