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Dating from the end of the 19th century, this cute little boat was sold as a souvenir of a visit to Liverpool, as is printed on the mother of pearl sail; however, the underside of the shell ‘hull’ reveals that it was made in Germany. It sits on a prettily embossed metal base.

Near the bottom of the mast there is a curved metal prong onto which the thimble sits, and on the other side of this there is a circular metal loop into which the little glass scent bottle fits.

The gilt metal rudder has an eagle finial and there is a jaunty metal flag flying from the top of the masthead. One side of the hull has been pierced to allow 2 metal rings supporting a short chain to be inserted.

From one end of the rudder to the other, the boat measures about 4 ½ inches long.

The clear glass scent bottle measures around 1 ½ inches high; it has 8 sides and a frosted glass stopper. The little brass thimble is quite shabby and it has been stuffed with cork to make to stay in place on its prong.

Condition: the shell has some natural degradation that would have been present when the item was first made. Otherwise it is in good antique condition.

ITEM ID
EF0969
ITEM TYPE
Antique

‘A Present From Liverpool’ Thimble & Scent Bottle Shell Boat

£44 GBP
~ $60

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