Sunday, March 2, 2014

Victorian - Antique Romantic Paper Lace Valentines


4 5/8" x 7 1/8"
circa 1860s - 1880s

single fold
3 layers of paper lace
fabric-crafted flowers and foliage

no writing or decoration on the interior
no publisher marks

Oh, if I fail your heart to move, And 'tis not yours to give, I cannot, will not, cease to love, But I will cease to live.

3 7/8" x 5 5/8" (5 5/8" x 7 1/4" opened)
circa 1850s, 1860s

message can be read to reference suicide
single fold with paper lace featuring an Angel at center
orange paper wafer behind center motif

decorated with scraps
'25' red stamp on the back (w/rest of stamp running off the top edge)

These are red roses gathered at thy cheek, The white are all too happy to look white, For love, the rose, for faith, the lily speaks, It withers in false hands, but here 'tis bright.

3 3/4" x 5 1/4" (5 1/4" x 7 3/4" opened)
circa late 1890s, early 1900s
single fold with paper lace
2 layers atop the face of the card attached with paper accordion hinges

Think of Thee - The blush of summer bud in dew, Softly reminds me of you; Or the sweet bird that sings on spray, At close of radiant summer's day.

4 1/2" x 6 3/4"
circa 1860s, 1880s

double-sided card
with stuffing between layers of paper lace

may have been scented with perfume
no publisher marks
The love that is True love can never depart, But will spring ever new from the fount of the heart, And such is the love, fond, faithful, and pure, That for you I shall cherish, while life shall endure.

5 3/4" x 3 7/8"
circa 1890s, 1900s
Single Fold
dimensional layer of paper lace and decorations
Silver Detailing
something printed in silver on back, upper right (perhaps a number 3 or 8?)
No other publisher's marks

Bright Be Thy Lot ~ What a host of kind greetings and tokens to-day, Over land, over sea, are now ringing their way: And more fixed than the land, and more deep than the sea, Are my thoughts, my good wishes and my love to thee!

6 1/4" x 6"
circa 1910s  
Paper Lace
Victorian Scraps


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