Late Victorian Clam Shell Photo Album With Celluloid Oak Branch and Beetle

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Late Victorian Clam Shell Photo Album With Celluloid Oak Branch and Beetle

Regular price $128.00
Unit price
per 

There hasn't been one item that embodies the Victorian period better than this photo album.  The shape of the album, a clam shell, illustrates the Victorians love for conchology.   The oak branch and beetle, their love for nature, botany and entomology. 

This album sits flat on a table and opens up revealing multiple pages of photo frames perfect for filling with photos of your loved ones.  The interior pages are beautifully decorated with a clam shell pattern and alternate between square and oval frames.  

The exterior is fashioned out of what used to be a plush velvet but most of the flocking has rubbed off leaving the woven backing.  The fabric is stuffed with possibly cotton, similarly to how they used to finish chairs, giving the album almost a pillow-like quality.  The album has a heavy duty brass closure.

Of course the most striking element of this album is the beautiful celluloid oak branch featuring three acorns nestled within the leaves.  There is a sweet little beetle reaching for a leaf sitting a top a wooden plaque framing the word "Album."


Additional Details
Date: Late 1800s
Materials: Cotton, metal, paper
Measurements: 10"x10"x2"
Markings: None
Condition: Fair
This treasure has seen a lot of love and is well over 100 years old.  The dings and scratches this album has is a true testament to its age and is what makes it unique.  Most of the velvet flocking has rubbed off the album with only a small patch remaining on the back.  There are multiple breaks in the fabric revealing the cotton stuffing primarily along the edges.  The fabric near the binding has split all the way across.  It appears one small edge of one of the celluloid oak leaves has broken off.  The interior has discoloration on the pages and there are a few tears in the thick board paper on multiple pages.  Despite this damage this album is still useable with care and would look absolutely stunning in any curio cabinet!
Cleaning and Care
Gently brush with very soft bristled brush to remove dust.  Do not use tape or lint rollers.

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