Paper Sailor Nautilus Shell

Artist/Collection: Mawe, John
Product Code: 83
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Paper Sailor Nautilus Shell

Vintage shell art by John Mawe showing a Paper Sailor Nautilus shell.

Shell collecting was a popular 18th and 19th century pastime. During this era of exploration, shells from exotic lands were eagerly sought by collectors and the genteel classes to fill their curiosity cabinets. In addition to their use in jewelry and as tools, shells were once commonly used as money on almost every continent.

This is a fine art print of a lithograph made in 1823 by John Mawe.

Tags: nautilus