Antique Victorian 3 Layer Paper Lace Valentine - Inside Cupid Sentiment - With Original Mailing Envelope Dated 1891
It's not often you find a Victorian paper lace Valentine that also has the original EMBOSSED mailing envelope dated 1891. With a 2 cent red George Washington stamp on the envelope, the valentine was addressed to Miss Annie Wohleme, 229 Danbury Street, Boston, Mass. The envelope is slit at the top and there is age related browning and a few tears in the paper at the top. There are 2 further postmarks to the reverse.
The Valentine itself is composed of 3 layers of paper. Gold and white paper lace is at the top then a peach paper with angels/cupids graphic then the bottom piece of paper is blue, white and gold. At the center is a Victorian die cut of a little girl holding a posy of flowers. The inside of the card has a long message and a chocolate brown image of Cupid with this bow and arrow. The back of the Valentine has a pencil notation of Annie Hopkins - perhaps the sender.
Condition: The back of the Valentine has some staining while the envelope has the blemishes mentioned above.
Hallmarks: None that I can spot.
Size: The card measures 5-1/4" x 7-1/2". The envelope measures 8" x 6-1/2".
Final Comments: A nice piece of vintage ephemera.
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Victorian 4 Layer Paper Lace Valentine w/Mailing Envelope