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Birthday Wish: P.14417-R-47

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Birthday Wish
Valentine card


Publisher: Unknown




A small sachet valentine of white and silver embossed and die-cut paper mounted over a backing of white silk on six sides which opens out and is attached through holes in the album leaf with the original ribbon tie, meaning that both recto and verso are visible. On the recto (left): A central oval panel is decorated with a flower scrap of roses and violets. Inside on the left: a central silver framed oval window contains a chromolithographed bunch of forget-me-nots on white wove paper. Inside at the centre: A flower scrap of lilies, roses and berries lifts up to reveal a panel of black silk embroidered in white, yellow and green thread with the title and verse: 'BIRTHDAY / WISH / THIS DO I SEND / IN ALL SINCERITY, / TO GREET THEE ON / THY NATAL DAY: ...'. Inside on the right: a central silver framed oval window contains a chromolithographed bunch of pink roses on white wove paper. On the recto (right) A central oval panel is decorated with a flower scrap of red and pink roses and forget-me-nots. On the verso (centre) a silver framed oval window contains a white silk panel padded with cotton wool (which would originally have been scented) and decorated with a flower scrap. Mounted with three other sachet valentines on the same album leaf. This card includes a birthday greeting as part of a valentine-style design. Birthday cards were a later development and the woven panel probably dates this card to the 1870s. There are similar 'cross-over' cards in the Laura Seddon collection of greetings cards. See, 'Volume 13: Perfumed sachets and cards, some with woven greetings' in Seddon's catalogue, where she states that: 'Elaborate padded perfumed cards were made by many earlier manufacturers of valentines, and these were later extended to Christmas, New Year, and birthday cards, many being adorned with woven motifs ...', Seddon, Laura, _A Gallery of Greetings: A guide to the Seddon collection of greetings cards in Manchester Polytechnic Library_ p. 13.

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Bequeathed by Dr J. W. L. Glaisher, 1928

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Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1928) by Glaisher, J. W. L., Dr


19th Century
Circa 1870 - Circa 1880

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Accession number: P.14417-R-47
Primary reference Number: 215276
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Created: Tuesday 14 February 2017 Updated: Friday 17 January 2020 Last processed: Thursday 3 August 2023

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Paintings, Drawings and Prints

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