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S/2400 Antique Treen 19th Century Sailor's Love Token Knitting Sheath

An extremely well carved love token in the form of a sailor's knitting sheath in the shape of a ship's tiller; on the front is carved 'Remember Me' with the edges having a rope decoration. On one side is a heart, anchor, initial R.T., and foliage and on the opposite side is an anchor, heart, foliage and date 1876.

The hole for the knitting needle is not covered and has been well used. The underside is plain, except for a small rectangular cavity, which would have been used to hold the tiller in place on a jolly boat. A lovely collector's item and having a good rich colour and original patination.

Provenance: Ex Charlton Collection label CH25

Sold 6 in. (15 cm.) Wide
English Circa 1876