Are You My Valentine?

Valentines at Sea

About this Lesson

In the 19th Century sailors often visited islands often for trading of goods, restocking ships, or touring islands. Peddlers were eager to sell keepsakes such as a shell mosaic or “sailor’s valentine.” A sailor’s valentine is made in a shallow box displaying seashells arranged in a radial design incorporating geometric patterns. Valentines were occasionally made by sailors at sea who were homesick for their loved ones. More often than not, local peddlers would make the elaborate shell art to sell for profit.


Created By
Laurie Sweet
Grade Level
3-5, 6-8
General Interest, The Arts

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Are You My Valentine? : Valentines at Sea

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