In the mid 1800's, a new form of shellcraft emerged. During their long and arduous journeys, seafarers began crafting or acquiring these intricate works of art called sailor's valentines. These gifts were greatly sentimental and were intended as tokens of affection for their loved ones at home.
This particular sailor's valentine was hand-crafted by local artist, William Boffa. Each of his designs are one of a kind pieces.