Sailors' Valentine Puzzle - 500 pieces



Sailors' Valentines delighted women in the Victorian era whose sailor sweethearts, fathers and brothers spent months and years at sea, returning with these unique love tokens. Exquisite works of shell art, Sailors' Valentines originated in Barbados, a frequent port of call for New England whaling ships. The charming mosaics, recognized by their octagonal wooden frame, sometimes incorporated sentimental messages and illustrations, and were created using hundreds and even thousands of tiny shells.

Puzzle art shows Sailors' Valentines which are part of a permanent collection held at the New Bedford Whaling Museum, New Bedford, Massachusetts. Part of the Old Dartmouth Historical Society, the Museum collects, preserves and interprets the artifacts and documents of historic whaling activity and regional maritime activity.

Puzzle size is 26.625” x 19.25”, 500 pieces.

Please note that order fulfillment is currently being delayed due to covid-19. We appreciate your understanding and thank you for your support. Orders are generally shipped within a day or two of being received but may take as long as 2-3 weeks for delivery.

Exchanges and returns are gladly accepted within 30 days of purchase. The product must be in its original condition, unused and in its original packaging. Shipping charges are not refundable.

For returns please contact our the WHOI Gift Shop at 1-508-289-2663 or email and we will be happy to walk you through the return process. Please include a brief description of the reason for the return and the order number.

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