A few months ago, we received a very generous gift of antique Valentines from a friend. Sebastian thinks that since Valentine’s Day is so close we should share a few of them with you. He had his conditions of course. He wanted to be the Valentine presenter – kind of like the Vanna White of bearbits.
The box is a treasure trove of different kinds of valentines from the late 1920’s. That’s my best guess from what I can gather from the information on the cards. They are really quite remarkable. Alas, Sebastian is chomping at the bit for me to get on with it so here we go.
This first one is a dimensional valentine. I love these. There is so much detail in them including different layers, lots of colors and embossing too.
The next couple of examples are called honeycombs. You’ll see why.
Here we have a couple of antique paper lace valentines. Pretty cute!
The above examples have been elaborate and romantic and I am partial to the dimensional ones but Sebastian and I think the mechanical ones are in an entertaining class all by themselves. Of all the mechanical ones in the box, we think this is the funniest. Check out this cute little doggie offering “A token of Affection”.
Let’s take a closer look, shall we?
And with a little wiggle of his neck ribbon, his expression changes dramatically! Too funny!
This last one is the largest and most elaborate dimensional valentine in the box. It needs a little bit of repair in a place or two. but still, I think it’s pretty impressive.
Now Sebastian wants to have a conference with me. He says it has something to do with pirates. Pirates? It’s nearly Valentine’s Day and I’m wondering if he thinks a pirate might come along and steal my heart. No? Hm-m-m-m. I wonder what he wants to talk about. Once I get it figured out, I will be sure to let you know.