[POP-UP VALENTINE]. Boy with Doves. Made in Germany, [c.1890].
Tri-layer pop-up Valentine card; (11 x 17.5cm approx.); showing a boy holding doves, autumnal leaves and two cherubs pulling a cart filled with snowdrops; with 'honeycomb' tissue instert and original props; addressed on the fold-down 'To my Valentine'; hinge beginning to split; some light marks, and rubbing to rear with some previous adhesive removing a small patch of colour; otherwise a near-fine survival.
Dove motifs were used often in the late Victorian period as age-old symbols of peace. Turtle doves in particular, as creatures which mate for life, were seen as lucky symbols of fidelity and love, and so were utilised frequently.