To my Sweetheart'. 3D Valentine on green crepe paper stand …

[3D VALENTINE]. 'To my Sweetheart'. 3D Valentine on green crepe paper stand.

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[3D VALENTINE]. 'To my Sweetheart'. 3D Valentine on green crepe paper stand. [c.1900].

Chromolithrograph card on bright green crepe paper stand (9.5W x 18cmH approx, when extended); with cherub holding card on which is printed 'To my Sweetheart'; the green crepe paper folding outwards in a honeycomb design; some evidence of glue repairs and card reinforcement to the verso; still a fresh example, with the original metal clasp intact.
A lovely example of this Victorian Valentine, with a later message written in pencil to the verso dated Christmas 1981, and the initials J and P on either side of a arrow-pierced heart. Although the clasp is intact, the model does not stand entirely upright when fully etended, perhaps suggesting that it should only be opened halfway, perhaps to be mounted inside a folded card.

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