Offering an extremely rare, museum worthy Victorian Valentine HEART Shaped Purse Puzzle Card dating from 1840-1850's. Guaranteed not to find another. As early as the 1790s, sweethearts exchanged "puzzle purses." In this printed version, four poems are discovered on three separate pages (12 separate verses). The poems, embellished with stamped designs, are revealed in stages as the card is opened.
This heart shaped 19th century purse puzzle has lithograph printing with hand painted detailing on the front and back cover pieces. The hearts that form the front and back of this puzzle purse can also be found as flats, folders and even wall hanging type cards. All are very old and quite hard to come by. The style is very similar to some small printed cards by Howland. No publisher marks on this sweet valentine.
The front of the card reads: "Request Father Time, My Sweet, Roses You'll Spare" Within the puzzle card are 12 verses on Love, Hope, Faith, Earths Heaven, Friendship, etc.
The card front and back are cardboard and the interior paper and is held together with a ribbon at the bottom. It does have some foxing within and minor blemishes to the front. Due to the card's rarity and advanced age it is a valuable find despite the flaws.
This sweet valentine measures only 2.5" x 2.5" closed and was the perfect size to place in a young ladies purse.
A wonderful Valentine accessory for a special French doll or advanced Valentine collection.