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Victorian Puzzle Purse Valentine

Victorian Puzzle Purse Valentine

Regular price $110.00 USD
Regular price Sale price $110.00 USD
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So many of the tropes we associate with romance & courting come to us from the Victorians, and valentines are no exception. The first puzzle purse valentines were made in the 18th century by hand, usually in the form of a square. Advances in printing and lower costs for paper lead to a proliferation of beautiful, highly detailed valentines in the Victorian era. This heart shaped puzzle purse from the 1840s-1860s unfolds into a four-sided clover with sentimental verses printed on each leaf. There are three pages total.

This particular style of valentine is exceptionally rare & in remarkably good condition for its age. It even retains the silk loop at the top, allowing it to be hung for display. The pages are quite fragile, so handle with care while opening. 

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