Shell Game


Sailor's Valentine
, ca 1884-1889, Bridgetown, Barbados, British West Indies, The Mariners' Museum.

The story goes that 19th century sailors made these for their loved ones while they were out at sea, but in reality most of them were made by women on the islands that the sailors visited and they brought them back to their homes. Regardless of who made them they became treasured items and many different examples have survived. They are still being created today using the traditional methods.