Pearl Shell Postcard

Love in a shell

Broome, Xmas Day 1911. A registered postcard, this shell was engraved and posted to ‘Miss Winnie Knapp, Northlands Boyup Brook, WA, with love from Roger”. The lustre of pearl shell had a wider appeal than just to make beautiful buttons. This shell is thought to have been a gift sent from James William Tilly (‘Roger’ was his nickname), to his future bride (and first cousin) Julia Winnifred Knapp who was then aged 27 years. The pair married in 1913 and had four children in Broome.

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