Boy playing Fiddle

[LACE PAPER VALENTINE]. Boy playing Fiddle.

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[LACE PAPER VALENTINE]. Boy playing Fiddle. [1884].

Small shaped Valentine (8.5 x 11.5cm approx.), pale green and white textured paper, overlaid with blue and red paper at centre and intricate lace paper design; sticker showing boy playing fiddle; colour printed scene inside showing a girl at the window and boy below; including a short verse; some very light spotting to rear, along with a couple of tape residue marks; a very sweet example.
A late Victorian Valentine with complex lace paper design. One of the most popular papers used in the Victorian period, the technique is said to have been discovered by a Joseph Addenbrooke who, fifty years previous to this example, in 1834, accidentally filed off the raised portion of embossed paper, leaving a pattern of holes which resembled delicate lace.
Verse inside reads:
"Of all the boys I know to-day,
With you alone I'd rather play;
I am always pleased to see you smile,
Please come and see me once in a while."