A rare antique Victorian era Seaweed Basket. The basket is overflowing with various specimens of Seaweed and has a poem:
Call us not weeds- we are flowers of the sea
For lovely and bright and gay tinted are we
And quite independent of sunshine or showers
They call us weeds- we are Ocean's gay flowers.
Not nursed like the plants of a summer's parterre
Where gales are but sighs of an evening air
Our exquisite fragile and delicate forms
Are nursed by the Ocean, and rocked by the storms.
The Seaweed Basket is in the original gilt gold shadowbox frame, it is complete with glass, a wood backboard and a partial paper label. Overall dimensions are 15 1/2" wide x 13" high x 2 1/2" deep. The Seaweed Shadowbox is in good overall condition. The only thing to note are some small scattered losses to the frame and overall toning/spots on the mat, see photos. Copper brackets were added to the back and work beautifully. The Seaweed Shadowbox would be perfect in an antique Science related collection. It is rare and wonderful.
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