Sunday, March 2, 2014

Victorian - Romantic Paper Lace Valentines



Constancy.

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



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