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Last Updated: 07 May 2022

This trio of dried out seahorses was found by NPS staff in a small trinket box in the gallery collections. Package, detailed in the 1912 stock done of the Longfellow house's furnishings as a "Small Italian Gold Tooled Leather Chest", belonged to Alice Longfellow. In early the twentieth century Venice street vendors sold packages of 3 dried out seahorses as best of luck appeals. Seahorses are one of the couple of ornamental elements Venetian gondolas have been formally allowed to feature since a 16th century regulation was passed outlawing most decoration. Dried seahorses are still offered as souvenirs, standard medication, and even road food in some countries.

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