[LAYERED AND LACE PAPER VALENTINE]. Portrait of a Lady/ Cherubs/ Flowers/ Child in Bonnet. [c.1900]
Large layered paper card (14.5 x 22cm approx.); a lavishly decorated card with multiple layers; blue grey and gilt textured paper with floral card overlay; gilt lace paper border framing centrepiece portrait; with floral stickers, on which one is written 'Think you of me today', and one of a young girl in a bonnet picking flowers; printed verse and posy design inside; some overall browning, one motif appearing to be missing; with some rubbing to the lace paper with marginal loss; some light adhesive marks to verso and paper lines beginning to show; still a very nice example of a complex turn-of-the-century Valentine.
An intricately layered card, possibly intended for a wealthier recipient, judging from the dress and jewels evident in the centrepiece.
Verse inside reads:
"Without thy smile,
the proudest lot
To me were dark and lone,
While with it,
ev'n the humblest cot
Were brighter than a throne.
Those words for which ambition sighs,
For me would have no charms;
My only world thy loving eyes -
My throne thy circling arms!
Oh, yes, so well, so tenderly,
adored, by me,
Whole realms of light and splendour
Were worthless without thee."