Collection: Valentine's Day

Yes folks, it’s that time of year again. Soon the shops will be crammed full of roses by the dozen, with boxes of sweet treats, and with every manner of card under the sun. When standing in those aisles panic can set in – with so much choice, what do you buy for your significant other? If it’s all a bit too much, then take a deep breath. You’ve come to the right place.

Many of the modern Valentines we see lining the shelves today would have been inspired by the frills, flowers and fancies which boomed during the Victorian period. In fact, cupids, rosy-cheeked children, cherubs, hearts and flowers, had seldom been seen before that time. For the Victorians, no day was more sentimental than February 14th. Ladies sent offerings in scented envelopes, while Gentlemen entwined poetic sentiments with ribbons, paper lace and lacquered roses, as well as ‘Valentine’s writers’ - popular love poems, to you and me.

And so, we’ve gone back to those roots. Last year, we presented ‘With You All Things Are Bright: A Collection of Early Valentines’. We’ve since restocked, and now bring you, in this small selection, a wide variety of cards, books and prints celebrating Valentine’s Day. Here you will find handmade and totally unique items dating from the mid 19th century, through to vintage lithographs, lace-paper tokens, infamous love poems, pop-ups, movables, and even travel posters and guides to some of the most Romantic cities in the world.

So go on, have a browse. Because there has never been a better time to say ‘I Love You’, and no easier way of doing so than with one of these very special items.

67 items
  • "Ape" (Carlo Pellegrini). Lord Lytton."The representative of Romance". Statesmen No.67.
    Lord Lytton.The representative of Romance.  Statesmen No.67
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  • AUSTEN, Jane (author). Arthur A. DIXON (illustrator). Sense & Sensibility.
    Sense & Sensibility
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    £68.00
  • [CUT OUT FIGURE.]. Girl in Reeds Carrying Hearts.
    Girl in Reeds Carrying Hearts
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    £60.00
  • [CUT OUT FIGURE.]. "Attention Valentine": Boy Scout with Heart.
    Attention Valentine: Boy Scout with Heart
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  • BRANGWYN, Frank (illustrator). Edward FITZGERALD (translator). The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám.
    The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám
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    £198.00
  • FITZGERALD, Edward (translator). Anthony RADÓ (illustrator). The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám.
    The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám
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  • [HAND COLOURED VALENTINE.]. [BLANK VALENTINE]. "No other motive has been mine/ For sending you this Valentine".
    BLANK VALENTINE]. No other motive has been mine/ For sending you …
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    £58.00
  • [HAND ILLUSTRATED VALENTINE.]. Single-sided Valentine with Pen-and-Ink drawing and Flower Illustration.
    Single-sided Valentine with Pen-and-Ink drawing and Flower Illustration
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    £98.00
  • [HANGING VALENTINE DECORATION.]. Three-tier Wall Hanging with Collie Dog, Kittens and Birds.
    Three-tier Wall Hanging with Collie Dog, Kittens and Birds
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    £60.00
  • [HANGING VALENTINE DECORATION.]. Heart-Shaped Valentine with Girl dressed in blue.
    Heart-Shaped Valentine with Girl dressed in blue
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  • HARBOUR, Jennie (illustrator). 'Secrets' [signed print].
    HARBOUR, Jennie (illustrator). 'Secrets' [signed print].
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    £198.00
  • [LACE PAPER VALENTINE]. Silk Inlay with Cherub.
    Silk Inlay with Cherub
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    £125.00
  • [LACE PAPER VALENTINE]. "I'm waiting for the letter man/ To get a Valentine/ and if you wink when next we meet/ I'll know that you got mine.".
    I'm waiting for the letter man/ To get a Valentine/ and …
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    £35.00
  • [LACE PAPER VALENTINE]. Lute-Player/ "I'll Sing Beneath your Window".
    Lute-Player/ I'll Sing Beneath your Window
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  • [LACE PAPER VALENTINE]. Single-sided card with 'Forget me Not' Bouquet.
    Single-sided card with 'Forget me Not' Bouquet
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  • [LACE PAPER VALENTINE]. Boy playing Fiddle.
    Boy playing Fiddle
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  • [LAYERED AND LACE PAPER VALENTINE]. Boy with flowers/ Love's Wish.
    Boy with flowers/ Love's Wish
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    £50.00
  • [LAYERED AND LACE PAPER VALENTINE]. Couple with cherubs and butterfly.
    Couple with cherubs and butterfly
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    £75.00
  • [LAYERED AND LACE PAPER VALENTINE]. Bird's Nest and Bouquets.
    Bird's Nest and Bouquets
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  • [LAYERED AND LACE PAPER VALENTINE]. Loves (sic) Victory.
    Loves (sic) Victory
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  • [LAYERED AND LACE PAPER VALENTINE]. Bird in snowdrops with silver lace paper and artificial flowers.
    Bird in snowdrops with silver lace paper and artificial flowers
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  • [LAYERED AND LACE PAPER VALENTINE]. Single-Sided Card with Figures on Bridge and Feeding Geese.
    Single-Sided Card with Figures on Bridge and Feeding Geese
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  • [LAYERED AND LACE PAPER VALENTINE]. "True Love's Offering".
    True Love's Offering
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  • [LAYERED AND LACE PAPER VALENTINE]. Portrait of a Lady/ Cherubs/ Flowers/ Child in Bonnet.
    Portrait of a Lady/ Cherubs/ Flowers/ Child in Bonnet
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    £98.00
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    £98.00
  • [LAYERED AND LACE PAPER VALENTINE]. "Ever Thine/ Kind Regards".
    Ever Thine/ Kind Regards
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    £48.00
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    £48.00
  • [LAYERED AND LACE PAPER VALENTINE]. Miniature with Cherub. "Yes".
    Miniature with Cherub. Yes
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    £50.00
  • [LAYERED AND LACE PAPER VALENTINE]. "It may be kind of frilly but I trust it isn't silly…".
    It may be kind of frilly but I trust it isn't …
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    £88.00
  • [LAYERED AND LACE PAPER VALENTINE]. Portrait of a Lady/ Cherub with Flower Gun.
    Portrait of a Lady/ Cherub with Flower Gun
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    £48.00
  • [LAYERED PAPER VALENTINE]. "Ever the Same/ My Love Cannot Change…".
    Ever the Same/ My Love Cannot Change
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    £35.00
  • [LAYERED PAPER VALENTINE]. Coloured papers with Floral and Gold Detail.
    Coloured papers with Floral and Gold Detail
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    £30.00
  • [LAYERED PAPER VALENTINE]. "My Heart is Thine/ Remember Me!".
    My Heart is Thine/ Remember Me
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    £48.00
  • [LAYERED PAPER VALENTINE]. "Though I should live to be Aged and Gray/ My Love would grow stronger, As Day followed Day.".
    Though I should live to be Aged and Gray/ My Love …
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