• Short Summary

    Flowers made from shells by Marguerite May David-Baker in Bovey Tracey, Devon.

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    M/S of waves crashing in over rocks, Bovey Tracey, Devon.

    C/Us of a collection of sea shells spread out on a table; a hand comes into shot and picks up one of them. C/Us and M/Ss of an elderly woman, Marguerite May David-Baker, as we see her wiring together some small shells found on the Dorset coast to make the petals of a flower; this one is an English rose. In the background of the M/Ss we can see hundreds of ornaments, presumably all made from shells.

    Marguerite paints the 'rose' a pinky-peach colour and adds some green leaves to it, then turns around to look at some of her other finished 'shell flowers'. C/Us of some lilies and pink forget-me-nots, mounted on trellis work (notes on file say they are lily of the valley, but I think they look too big); some Polyanthus roses displayed next to a large shell.

    Commentator says many of the exotic shells are sent to Marguerite by friends from all over the world and "stranger still are petals and leaves in some cases made not from shells but from the scales of the Gar Fish from India".

    C/Us of some large conch-type shells, panning left to show some water lilies; an Alexandra rose with other blooms and shells; mixed flowers in a glass vase; creamy roses in a Dresden vase; an alabaster shell filled with colourful blossoms; tulips and chrysanthemums in a china bowl.

    Note: Copies of letters sent to Maguerite May David-Baker about the filming are on file, plus notes on the shell flowers featured.

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    Available on request
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    01:20:33:00 / 01:22:40:00
    CP 310

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