SALE * Valentine 1850 Handmade with Love
An early Victorian Valentine written to Miss Cynthia Carpenter of Georgetown, Massachusetts, from C. W. B. This lovely old card is on embossed stock, beautiful writing paper for a beautiful message. It is dated Feb. 14th, 1850. Both the card and the envelope were homemade. There is a handsome example of calligraphy in the penned name and address. You can see from the postage stamps that this predates modern post office practices. The word Paid is hand written in ink on top and each of the four corners on the front have a little stamp in red, now faded to a more faded brick color, saying PAID. The back of the envelope has the official stamp that says Georgetown Mass. and Feb. 1850. The 8 and the 0 are faded as to be almost unreadable. There are two small embossed rectangular boxes with C&G along the flap, perhaps the makers of the stock. There are remnants of sealing wax left at the central tip of the flap. These show black in the photo; the black spot is not a hole. The very end of the tip of the envelope flap is torn off.
The front of the card itself has a delightful, hand painted watercolor morning glory. There is a cut and paste little brown drawing below. It has the words Yours forever and the sign for infinity on it. There are tiny pictures of red roses and blue forget-me-nots ~ perfect flowers for this wonderfully romantic card. You may need a magnifier to see them clearly. Remarkably, there is no fading to the card. It was most likely kept in the envelope over the generations.
In case you can't make out the verse on your computer, here it is: "I am not this Valentine too late / Although the season's flown / for Love like Death presumes to take / All seasons for it's own. Yours Only C.W.B." The card and envelope are in very nice condition with a general mellowing to the white of the card stock and anticipated show of age and normal wear in some age spots, shallow "storage grunge" and general softening of the paper. 7 1/2" X 4 7/8" NOW ON SALE! ORIGINALLY $125.00, NOW $99.00 (includes free shipping/handling/insurance.) Questions? We'd like to hear from you. Thank you for stopping by!
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