[LACE PAPER VALENTINE]. Single-sided card with Cherubs, Snowdrops and Gold Detail. [c.1880].
Elaborate Single-sided Valentine, (13cm x 19cm approx.); red paper with jagged edges; overlaid with several layers of gold and white lace paper; complex central printed motif of a figure with snowdrops, butterflies and flowers; 'Affection' motif to the top with handshake sticker; additional floral and cherub motifs backed with green paper; an elaborate example of a likely handmade card from the late Victorian period, with some creases to jagged edges and evidence of the glue bleeding through to the verso.
A complex example of a handmade Victorian Valentine. The language of flowers was a commonly used by the Victorians to portray hidden intentions, with the snowdrops in this image symbolising hope for the future. Natural History also served as a popular theme, with butterflies representing the human soul. In this card, the figure has hold of the butterfly be means of a harness, or set of strings - elucidating the meaning even further.