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Valentine card: P.14417-R-82

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Current Location: In storage


Valentine card


Publisher: Windsor & Sons




A cameo-embossed valentine with a front paper of two layers, the first mounted on paper springs to the second. The valentine is oriented as landscape and the embossed paper design is of a grotto with sea shells and coral and Cupids on lace-paper boats at upper centre. The upper layer of paper has three windows, the central window containing a silver embossed classical archway with fluted columns. The central arch contains a watercolour scene of a church with trees represented by real moss, which is painted onto the white wove back paper. Two embossed white paper fairy ornaments with lace-paper wings are positioned inside the two windows at left and right which are backed with purple paper and surmounted with identical embossed flower scraps. At lower centre is a collage of gilt, embossed paper fern fronds with white linen leaves and a flower scrap with the motto: 'AFFECTION'S OFFERING'. 'WINDSOR' and a lozenge containing letters and roman numerals are stamps on the lower layer at lower right. A Diamond Mark (1842-1883) sometimes accompanies valentines made by Windsor & Sons in addition to the name stamp. A hand-written inscription on the album leaf: '[arrow pointing towards lower right of valentine] marked'.

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

Acquisition and important dates

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


19th century
Circa 1860 - Circa 1880

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Accession number: P.14417-R-82
Primary reference Number: 215311
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Created: Tuesday 14 February 2017 Updated: Friday 26 January 2018 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

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

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