My “Restoration Mystery”

                        Are you the one who enjoys solving mysteries, are you the one who has the answer?

                                                   Here`s the question: How old is this paper bag?

The art work and case construction in this double Sailors Valentine easily dates back to the 1800s at best the early 1900s and I do favor 1850, the Victorian Era when this type of art really took off in France and England.

As you may or may not know cotton was used to evaluate the placement of Shells, but not all applied crumpled paper to increase the height of the cotton.

     In this restoration from some time ago the answer came quickly,

tucked under the cotton, crumpled news print that gave the answer,

                                                                  The London Dispatch of 1872.

Somehow it just does NOT seem fair in this restoration to have destroyed a perfectly good reusable paper bag instead of news print, hence the mystery! So what store did the bag come from and when was it in business?

So far the clues are either France or England around the Victorian Era from about 1830 on and I am now sitting here waiting for your answer watching my e-mail account.

  1. P.S. After you send the answer don`t forget to take a quick walk through my “Strictly Shell Art Store” at Thanks in advance for your help! Bill