I bought a couple of old boxes, not antiques, fairly cheap.
I often see boxes and plaques decorated with flowers and leaves formed out of tiny shells, mostly pink and yellow macoma clams. I skip those; they remind me of the handcrafts we always did at summer camp, a perennial source of frustration for me; I never was good at following someone else's pattern.
This box is covered in glued-on shells, but it's different. It celebrates the shells themselves, instead of trying to make them into flowers.
|1,450 snail shells on a 6x4.5 inch box.|
|Browns, pinks, greys, black and red. Rays, dots, and stripes.|
|Detail of top.|
|A red and black striped snail shell.|
|Looking from the Richmond flats, over Vancouver, to the North Shore mountains. Just a hint of snow, so far.|
*UPDATE: Snail, in the comments, identifies them as Umbonium. (Compare these photos.)