• Short Summary

    Tropical shells are carved, polished and made into figurines, jewellery, lampshades and even a Church font!

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    Brighton, Sussex.

    A look at the ways exotic shells can be used to make 'attractive' household objects.

    C/U on a box of tropical shells, pan to box of large 'melon' shells, pan long more boxes of exotic shells. A man in rubber gloves picks out two shells and dips them in a vat of liquid - "a secret formula". C/U of the man as he washes the shells. The man trims the rough edges of the shell on a lathe. C/U of an enormous shell being polished - it is used as a Church font. A woman tips out a bag of dried sea horses into a drawer. C/U of a 'bear's paw' shell in the woman's hand. C/U of a 'fox's head' shell. C/U of a blue abalone, a pattern has been carved in the mother of pearl interior. C/U of a pile of 'bull's mouth' shells. Various C/Us of shells on display, some have flower arrangements inside.

    C/U of a young woman putting on shell earrings. C/U of a woman's hands sliding a napkin from a speckled shell ring, pan to a butter dish made from shell. Tilt up a horrible shell figurine of a woman - really garish and tacky! Various extreme C/Us of the figurine. C/U of a shell charm bracelet on a woman's wrist, tilt up her arm to show her shell ring, she holds a big shell to her ear. C/U of shell with a Romanesque design carved into the mother of pearl. C/U of a baby sitting in giant clam shell used as a font.

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    British Pathé
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    Available on request
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    01:28:10:00 / 01:30:37:00
    CP 591

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