[LAYERED AND LACE PAPER VALENTINE]. Portrait of a Lady/ Cherub with Flower Gun. [c.1880]
Layered paper card, (11.5 x 16cm approx.); grey and silver textured paper, with shaped pink floral layer featuring a cherub and confetti gun; centrepiece of female figure in typical dress with white and gilt textural oval border; verse and printed flower design inside; a couple of tape residue marks to verso; a couple of small patches of rubbing to upper cover; very good.
Verse inside reads:
"At morn, at noon, at night,
Thy form in fancy still I see;
In gloomy shade, in blaze of light,
My thoughts are ever turned to thee:
Bright as the stars my love shall shine
If you will be my Valentine."
The style of dress and bonnet worn by the figure in this centrepiece suggests a slightly earlier date. Fashions began to change towards the end of the 19th century. In female dress, Victorian's preffered to accentuate an hourglass figure, while the Edwardian period revolved around the S curve when corsets created an S-shaped female silhouette, forcing the hips back and the bust forward.