A Victorian shell stall in Hastings

The stall on this colourful Hastings card sold a large variety of exotic shells.

Shell art became very popular in the Victorian era, it was fashionable to collect shells and to use them to decorate picture frames and embellish boxes. A shell would be attached to a trinket box by using hot wax and arranged in a beautiful design. “Her Majesty Queen Victoria was also very fond of shell art, which she often commissioned to make portraits and gifts for her favourites at court.” toriana.blogspot.com/2013/06/victorian-shell-art.html

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  • it’s a very interesting fact that sea shells were so popular in victorian times.

    By Carla (10/07/2016)

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