Sailor's Valentines of Vieques

by Anne Burkholder

The original 19th century Sailor's Valentines were made as souvenirs for sailors to take home to their wives and sweethearts. Many included special messages of love with quilt-like designs. They were made in octagonal wooden boxes representing the eight points of the nautical "Compass Rose" and probably originated from the island of Barbados in the West Indies.

 

Unlike the traditional Sailor's Valentines, mine are singularly icon-shaped treasures. Each is created with beautiful, bright, pieces of coral, sea glass, and other wonderful gift from the sea. All are indigenous to the island of Vieques, which is northeast of Puerto Rico. They each come in their own handmade wooden box frames.

More information may be found at the following website:

 

www.antiquesandfineart.com/articles/article.cfm?request=178

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