[LAYERED PAPER VALENTINE]. Coloured papers with Floral and Gold Detail. [c.1880]
Textured paper Valentine (10cm x 14.5cm approx); pink and gokd printed paper overlaid with floral paper cutout, with gold lace paper backed in red tissue, cutout section revealing a figure and flower cutout; with 'Myrtie' faintly in red pen to verso, some light tape adhesive marks and a little toned; a very nice example.
Possibly once only the frontis to a folding card, layered Valentines were strongly influenced by Esther Howland's New England Valentine Company. Her Valentines had multiple layers of lace papers, where each layer could be lifted to reveal another, as it was her belief that messages should be hidden inside as you should never ‘wear your heart on your sleeve.’ Here, the tiny message 'souvenir' can only be seen under many other layers of paper.