[POP-UP VALENTINE]. Square Valentine with Girl in Bonnet. Germany: [c.1900]
Pop-up or 'Mechanical' card (14.5 x 21.5cm approx.); with embossed flowers, 'honeycomb' tissue paper connector; embossed blue flowers and cut-out 'To my Valentine' backed in red tissue; hinge beginning to split, with some nicks and closed splits along emboss lines; and slight cracking in places to the print; very good overall.
Late Victorian Valentine with a nautical theme, depicting a ship and lighthouse to the background scenery and the following poem to the fold-down:
'Seas shall not divide my heart
From one who is
In all my life she is the part
That to my heart is nearest'.
If a woman’s sweetheart were a sailor—who might be protecting Britain’s sea empire aboard a military or merchant ship, or hunting whales for their precious lamp oil—she faced the grim reality he may never return. Sailor tokens of love were particularly wrought between 1830 and 1890, though the theme was still popular into the 20th century.