Valentine c1850 Handmade Card & Envelope
A Valentine from 1850, made with loving hands on formal embossed paper. The cover has a water color of a morning glory and a die cut that is pasted on. On the die cut ~ an infinity symbol and the words Yours forever done in gold. A gold border frames the die cut and the shape has an apron with two red roses and a forget me not in between. In black ink gone brown with the generations, at the top is the place and date ~ Georgetown Feb 14th, 1850, and the handwritten message ~
Deem 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.
This poignant token of affection has its original envelope, also handmade. Its paper is powder blue, somewhat faded evenly overall. The wax seal remains, although it is broken open. Two embossed rectangles with letters, perhaps the paper company from which it came. I think one reads B & G. On the envelope's front in ornate calligraphic script is Mifs Cynthia Carpenter, Georgetown Mass. Above this is the word Paid in the same script. On each of the four corners is the printed word PAID. On the back, a stamp saying FEB 15 GEORGETOWN MASS. No postage stamp.
The condition of both card and envelope is good. Very good in fact, with no tears or rips or wrinkles, folds or bends. There is minor show of age in a very vague, pale spots here and there. Nothing to interrupt of beauty and sentiment of this card.
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