[HAND ILLUSTRATED VALENTINE.] Lace paper Valentine with hidden flower illustration. [c.1874]
Victorian Valentine (12 x 19cm approx.) featuring gilt paper borders, central portrait motif and with a hidden watercolour of flowers beneath lace paper flap; with the inside inscription: 'Lola Bartlett Holyoke…1874' and to the verso of this card 'from … Leonard Holyoke Mass 1874' written in pencil to gold decorative paper; a couple of light brown spots and rubbing to the central portrait; else in very good condition.
A charming Valentine, typical of the period, and featuring the delicate lace paper and 'hidden message' features popularised by the Victorians. We have often seen printed messages or written words hidden underneath - it is pleasing indeed to find a hand-painted image in this example.