Luscious, Layered & Large Antique Victorian Valentine with Original Parchment Paper, Silk Ribbons & Ruching

$195.00 ($12.00 shipping)

Item # VALS-06242017-1




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I have been a collector of antique Valentines for many years, and I must say this is one of the most exquisite antique Victorian Valentines I have ever seen. It measures a whopping 15 ½” high. It is in several layers and retains its original silk ruching, ribbons and all of its embossed diecut paper details.


This piece even has an intricate gold gate that is Dresden-like. The first layer is heavy paper board with ornate scalloped edging, and has two squares attached by metal rivets. On either side is a heart hanging from ribbon with silk ruching in each heart’s interior. The next layer is diecut and gathered parchment paper with gold stamped highlights and scalloped edging. The next layer is a stunningly beautiful massive diecut with gold highlights, featuring a lovely young lady holding the hand of Eros or Cupid. The couple is surrounded by pink and purple flowers, blue paper ribbon, diecut pansies and a heart surrounded by violets that reads:


To My Valentine
Delightful the voice
Of the fond cooing dove
When the heart is enraptured
With music and love.

Powder-blue silk ruching appears at both the top and the bottom of this Valentine. The entire piece was assembled using those tiny metal rivets.


This piece is in outstanding condition for its elderly age – especially considering its size and its delicate nature. There are a few tiny separations to the intricate diecut paper, and a few loving repairs to the top point and to the powder-blue ribbon holding the hearts on either side. There is a crease at a bottom point, but the cardboard retains its integrity.


It is my opinion that this ornate Valentine is museum quality, and would look breathtaking framed in an archivally-correct manner.




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