Fabulous old shell art, a shell encrusted frame for your photo or to insert a mirror, made by sailors on their long voyages as gifts, original on this one we believe French due to the back appearance. It is in very good condition, structurally sound, beautiful shells especially on the top, bottom corners may or may not have ever had a shell there, we actually think there was not as there is not enough room on the and /left for a matching shell. This beauty measures 7 and 3/8" by 10" tall at the center. Red velvet type inner frame between the two shell areas. The open oval area measures 3 and 1/2" by 4 and 3/4". One of the prettiest of these we have ever seen. The sailor story may or may not be urban myth, but it is what antique dealers have told us about these types of items in the past.
Antique Shell Covered Frame Sailor Folk Art