Sand Dollar, Pewter, Large - Annapolis Maritime Antiques

Sand Dollar, Pewter, Large

Regular price $44.95
The mold for this pewter casting was taken from an actual sand dollar that washed up on a Cape Cod beach. If you've strolled along a beach on Cape Cod you've probably found a sand dollar. But what is a sand dollar? Children have been know to that sand dollars are pressed sand that has been dried or even the money of mermaids washed-up from the deep. In reality, the fragile disk is the skeleton or "test" of a marine animal. By the time the test washes up on the beach it is missing its velvety covering of minute spines and appears somewhat bleached from the sun. It is hard to believe it was once alive. 
Approx. 3"
The technique of replicating the exact shape of sea creatures was developed by Jeff Mitchell, a pewter smith who lives in Wellfleet, Cape Cod. All sea creatures are cast in a high grade lead-free pewter. 

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