Victorian Silk and Lace Heart Pouch - 19th C

This is perhaps the sweetest little Victorian folly I've had the pleasure to handle in quite some time. Perfect for Saint Valentine's Day, or any especially romantic moment.

The heart is constructed of silk, the front is lightly padded inside and has an applique of various kinds of lace on the outside, a beautiful composition all by itself, anchored by a silk bow at the top and a stitch or two at the bottom. Don't you just love the old silk ribbon that is magically woven to be a different color on each side, pink and baby blue here? The back is made of two pieces of matching wide silk ribbon that overlap much like a pillowcase. You can carefully pull the top piece up and the bottom piece down and insert a love note, a sonnet, or some similar personal treasure. Of course, this antique heart is lovely on its own, but just consider the possibilities.

CONDITION is grand. There are a few of the tiniest spots that I didn't notice in person, but showed up in the pictures. I would guess this little heart was lovingly stored away some 100+ years ago. It came to me among a bunch of material, mostly 19th C Valentines, which had been had been part of The Norcross Historical Collection (as in Norcross Greeting Cards) some of which I am told was exhibited in the 1970's. Measures 4 5/8" across and 5 1/4" top to bottom.

Let's say you've been working on that perfect Shakespearean sonnet for weeks now, or maybe you're just starting today ... the rhyming scheme and meter are just right, the sentiment perfect. How will you present it ... e-mail? Really? Enjoy!

Item ID: RL-989

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