Spotted Conus Shell
There are certainly many types of cone shell ( we estimate at least 500 species of cone shells ) and these are fine examples from the Condidae family measuring at least 6 cms long. There is such a wide variety of colour patterns and this has made them firm favourites with shell lovers and collectors the world over. Paintings from voyagers and discovers in the 16th century when discovering the New World sometimes feature these seashells. Cone shells are quite heavy and strong and there is an absence of “teeth” in the Conidae family. In their live form some cone shells can inject a virulent poison! Exceptionally these can grow as large as 15 cms! Their range is Indo Pacific in the areas of the Phillipines and Indonesia.
Ornamental Carrier Seashell
Aptly named carrier shells ornamenting their dwellings and measuring approx. 6 cms across with stones, other shells and even sponges attached to their shell…. all joining the party! Renowned for their beauty and usually found in and around the Phillipines ( Western Pacific ).Those being “carried” provide a defence for the carrier shell and contribute to a unique and exquisite sculpture. From the family Xenophoridae. We try to exhibit as many seashells as possible in our shop so if you are in striking distance of London or the West Country, our little bricks and mortar shop is full to the rafters and worth a visit. We also try to respond to text messages within a couple of hours on 07711247762.
River Mussel Shell (single)
What a lovely picture of Poole Harbour! You will hear the expression “paired” when purchasing seashells and a paired shell will be both halves sold together and sometimes glued together too although quite lightly and often the shells will open if you use a knife but with paired and glued seashells they could damage while opening. These river mussel shells, which are quite flat can come paired too but these are sold as “singles” and by that we mean one half of a complete river mussel seashell. These mainly come from the Phillipines. Flat river mussel shells which have been polished and measure 17 cms up. Great as soap dishes or in the bathroom. That silvery look for beach themed décor and also popular for weddings and to display jewellery on. Image shows both sides so you can see the top of a mussel shell and also the inside. Always a good seller, especially in the shop on Poole Quay. Want to see our products before buying? If you are anywhere near Poole it’s worth popping in to our shop and sadly we open 7 days a week from May though to September. If there is anything you specifically want to see please e mail the product or products and the day you are coming down and we will endeavour to make sure we have these in the shop for you to peruse ( what a lovely word! ).
Brown Cockle Shells
Nice heavy brown cockles shells from the Phillipines which have been paired. Approximately 10 cms across. Great for art work as these are nicely ribbed. Most unusual use? Several years ago we got an order for these from a potential groom who went to great lengths to ensure that these would be suitable to use for his proposal of marriage while scuba diving in South East Asia. The plan was he was going to point to the shell which he was going to get out of his diving suit and get his lovely and hopeful wife to be to open it and the engagement ring would be therein. What could possibly go wrong? We did ask for an update but don’t recollect hearing back. These are heavy attractive seashells which do vary a little in colour from this reddish brown to brown itself. A great price for these. Are you looking to order in bulk? It’s always worth e mailing us as if we like the sound of you and get the feeling we are on the same level ( and you’re spending at least £150 ! ) we should be able to offer discounts for some lines. These are “paired” which means both halves on this occasion are lightly glued.
Poole Oyster Shell
Unlikely to see these oyster shells at this size anywhere. They really wouldn’t fit on your plate, certainly six wouldn’t.. Minimum 15 cms – huge oyster shells and every bit as good as clams in our opinion. We can get these larger. These originate from the oyster reefs in Poole Harbour and we only select over size oysters. As such these look unique and are becoming very popular as nautical décor. From the step of our shop one can see the oyster reefs in Poole Harbour by Brownsea Island where these originate from. The beauty of these is the irregularity of shape – no two are the same. Interesting fact – the foundations of our Georgian shop on Poole Quay consists mainly of broken crushed oyster shells dating back to the Roman occupation and settlement on our Quay a few thousand years ago. Slightly worrying but still standing!
Light Brown Melongena Shell
Pretty melongena seashells, there are quite a few species of this seashell as they are found around the world and these ones have attractive white lines across them. Measuring 5 cms up and a strong interesting carnivorous seashell – keep away if you are a mussel shell!
Giant Shell Balls 30 cms diameter
These are great interior nautical design lines and are limited in supply. Measuring 30 cms in diameter and comprising of Phillipine seashells plastered on to a large ball to great effect. Covered in rope for hanging. Weigh about 3.5 kilos so not putting the plasterwork or bracket to too much strain!!