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Victorian Widow Framed Vinegar Valentine

Victorian Widow Framed Vinegar Valentine

Regular price $150.00 USD
Regular price Sale price $150.00 USD
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My loves for Victorian mourning & antique valentines collide in this rare & unusual “vinegar valentine” manufactured by Thomas Stevens of Coventry & London. Vinegar valentines are basically cartoons with something shady, not dissimilar to the novelty gift cards you can buy today. This one depicts a widow trying to pull eligible bachelors with her crocodile tears.

“Thus dressed in deep mourning with a tear streaming eye, you think you may catch some poor silly Hy.”

Hy would be short for Hyram (or Hiram), which was a popular masculine name back then. The irony of this cartoon is that she is not, in fact, dressed in mourning at all. Unclear if this is a nod to her insincerity or simply an oversight!

Refer to photos for size and condition. Very good with some minor wear to the frame.

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