[LACE PAPER VALENTINE]. Single-sided card with 'Forget me Not' Bouquet. [c.1880].
Single-sided Valentine (10cm x 14.5cm approx.); gold paper embossed and printed in green and pink with a floral design; onlaid lace paper with two figures and flower motifs 'Devoted to you'/ 'Forget-me-not' centrepiece of flower posy; some light creases to extremities; else near-fine.
Possibly once the front portion of a folding card, this is likely a handmade example from the late 19th century, evidenced from the glue paste still visible to the frontis, which has discoloured over time. Lace paper was extrememly popular in Victorian Valentines, the technique having said to have been discovered by Joseph Addenbrooke in 1834. While working on making embossed papers for a company called Dobbs, he accidentally filed off the raised part of the paper and was left with a pattern of tiny holes that looked remarkably like delicate lace.