[LAYERED AND LACE PAPER VALENTINE]. "Ever Thine/ Kind Regards" [c.1890]
Late Victorian Valentine (13 x 17cm approx.), with rather garish layered papers; base layer green and gold design with jagged edges; overlaid with multi-coloured floral paper, uppermost layer a lace paper border in yellow and gilt; centre motif of young boy, additional stickers of flowers and a winter scene; verse and printed floral/portrait design inside; a couple of small creases to the pink paper layer; previous adhesive and tape marks to verso; a previous owner has removed this from a backing, removing a thin layer of paper and small hole showing to the inside; aside from this internal defect, a bright example.
Possibly home-made, or produced from a manufactured pack of papers and stickers popular towards the end of the 19th century, judging from the slightly offset sticking of the central motif.
Verse inside reads:
"May love most tender guide you
Along life's winding way,
And then whate'er betide thee,
Thou wilt be blest