A fine and early sailor's valentine, the right hand design based on the mariner's compass centred by a rose, the left hand a love heart. Barbados circa 1840.
Sailor's Valentines were made on the Islands of the West Indies, principally Barbados, throughout the 19th century. These islands were often a ship's last port of call before returning to home, particularly for vessels of the United States Navy. Open 27 3/8 in x h.13 5/8 in.