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Magic Show - Small Boy Wearing Top Hat Presenting a Magic Valentine Trick
Price: $10.00

Small Boy Wearing Top Hat Presenting
Fold Down, Honeycomb - Boy in Gazebo Surrounded by Love Birds and Lots of Forget-Me-Nots
Price: $12.00

Boy in Gazebo Surrounded by Love Birds
Mechanical Turtle on the Beach Being Ridden by US Navy Boy
Price: $12.00

Mechanical Turtle on the Beach
Tuck Valentine - Pansies with Silver and Gold Embellished Leaves and "Good Wishes.".
Price: $12.00

Pansies with Silver and Gold Embellished Leaves
Baseball Valentine - "I Hope I HIT The Right Spot in Your Heart"
Price: $12.00

Baseball Valentine
Gril Blowing Hearts Sending out Valentine Messages
Price: $12.00

Gril Blowing Hearts
Colorful Edwardian Valentine Card - Side View of Woman, Verse "To One I Love"
Price: $12.00

Colorful Valentine Card
Tuxedo, Top Hat, and Umbrella - Mechanical Young Man Carrying a Valentine Greeting
Price: $12.00

Tuxedo, Top Hat, and Umbrella
Rose O'Neill - Kewpies Valentine Post Card "Box Full of Love"
Price: $12.00

O'Neill - Kewpies Valentine Post  Card
Driving To "Love Land"
Price: $14.00

Driving To "Love Land"
Girl Writing to her Sweetheart on Valentine's Day
Price: $14.00

Girl Writing to her Sweetheart on Valentine's Day
Mechanical Fly Boy Valentine Holding Hearts in Sky above Waiving Kids
Price: $14.00

Mechanical Fly Boy Valentine Holding Hearts
C 1870's McLoughlin-Scrap Roses, Pansies, Morning Glories and Girl with Puppy
Price: $14.00

Roses, Pansies, Morning Glories and Girl with Puppy
Marcus Ward Valentine - Man and Woman Standing on Bridge with Mountains, Flowers and White Swan
Price: $14.00

Ward Valentine - Man and Women Standing on Bridge
Tiny Valentine Card – Applied Scrap Dutch Girl, ‘I Will Be Ever Ever True.’
Price: $14.00

Tiny Valentine Card – Applied Scrap Dutch Girl
Nister - Double Heart Valentine with Winged Cupid Holding Torch, "My Heart is Burning As You See."
Price: $14.00

Nister - Double Heart Valentine
1832 Prang Valentine - Brids, Branches, Snow and Young Girl
Price: $14.00

Prang Valentine - Brids, Branches, Snow and Young Girl
Elaborate Lace Valentine with Winged Cherubs, Love Birds, Scrap Pansy and Applied Silver Foil Leaves
Price: $14.00

Elaborate Lace Valentine with Winged Cherubs
Valentine Post Card - Boy Holding Spoon and Fork "Can She Cook?"
Price: $14.00

Boy Holding Spoon and Fork "Can She Cook?"
Man in Black Tuxedo holding Music Sheet Singing "I Love You."
Price: $14.00

Man in Black Tuxedo
Two Valentine Cards - Young Girls at the Beach Style
Price: $15.00

Valentine Cards - Young Girls at the Beach
Whitney - Watering Can, Flowers, Sunshine
Price: $16.00

McLoughlin - Watering Can, Flowers, Sunshine
Cherubs, White Doves, Broken Arrows, and Lots of Forget-Me-Nots Fold-down Valentine with Red Honeycomb
Price: $16.00

Cherubs, White Doves, Broken Arrows,
Tuck - Pretty Pink and White Bonnet with Head View of Girl Valentine Card
Price: $16.00

Tuck - Pretty Pink and White Bonnet
Art Nouveau Influence Valentine - Big Green Leaves, Boy with Puppy, Cherubs with Floral Garland
Price: $16.00

Art Nouveau Influence Valentine - Big Green Leaves
Art Nouveau Style of Woman with Flowers, Leaves and Vines with 'Love's Message Right from My Heart.'
Price: $16.00

Nouveau Style of Woman with Flowers, Leaves and Vines
Big Red Poppies, Flaming Heart, and Cupid - Art Nouveau Style
Price: $16.00

Big Red Poppies, Flaming Heart, and Cupid
Elaborate Lace Design with Scrap Flowers and Girl, 'A Lovers Gift'
Price: $16.00

Elaborate Lace Design with Scrap Flowers
Dandy Walking with Pretty Maiden Who Flirts with her Fan - St. Valentine's Greetings
Price: $16.00

Dandy Walking with Pretty Maiden
Ward - Small Girl Holding onto Big Yellow Flowers Blowing in the Wind
Price: $16.00

Small Girl Holding onto Big Yellow Flowers
1903 Comic Post Card - Girl Giving Boy a Big Kiss with Billowing Smoke Outcault
Price: $16.00

1903 Comic Post Card
Motorcycle Side Car of Valentine Love
Price: $18.00

Motorcycle Side Car of Valentine Love
Aviator Flyboy Mechanical Valentine
Price: $18.00

Avator Flyboy
Heart Shaped Art Nouveau Valentine with Nesting Birds
Price: $18.00

Art Nouveau Valentine with Nesting Birds
Laughing Mechanical Boy Hiding a Surprise Valentine – Made in New Jersey
Price: $18.00

Laughing Mechanical Boy
Tuck - Fringed Double Sided Valentine, Girl Planting Flowers and Girl Playing Tennis
Price: $18.00

Fringed Double Sided Valentine
Rivet and Parchment Valentine - Flower Pixie Surrounded by Purple Pansies
Price: $18.00

Rivets and Parchment - Colonial Girl
Mary in Blue Dress Touching Flowers on a Path, Sheep and Lamps Playing in the Field
Price: $18.00

Mary in Blue Dress Touching Flowers
Cloth Image of Stitched Verse, ‘To the One I Love’ with Green Ribbon
Price: $18.00

Cloth Image of Stitched Verse
Charming Valentine - Roses with Applied Silk Purple Ribbon and Leaves with Scrap Center of a Young Girl on a Forest Stage
Price: $18.00

Roses with Applied Silk Purple Ribbon
Mechanical Valentine Girl Going Fishing for Men or Fish?
Price: $20.00

Valentine Girl Going Fishing for Men or Fish?
Set of Mechanical Valentines - Girl Polishing her Nails, Boy Brushing his hair. Is this a Valentine Date?
Price: $20.00

Girl polishing her Nails, Boy Brushing his hair.
A Vinegar Valentine
A Vinegar Valentine or Penny Dreadful – A Pick Pocket
Price: $22.00

A pulp paper comic valentine, also known as Penny Dreadfuls or Vinegar Valentines.  It is captioned “A Pick-Pocket”
Music Valentine "As a Matter of Record, I want you for My Valentine". Carrington. Chicago, IL.
Price: $22.00

This is a die-cut valentine that can stand on its own. It depicts a young girl in a plaid dress, playing a record on a record player. At the bottom left edge, there is a heart with the saying, "As a Matter of 'RECORD' I want you for My Valentine". There is some light edge wear and an inscribtion on the back of the card. Otherwise fine. Measures 6" x 3 1/2".
Silver Winged Cherubs - One holding a Bird the Other is Holding a Book with Verse
Price: $25.00

Silver Winged Cherubs
3 Valentines Depict Popular Culture of the 1930s--Roller Skating, Scottie, Telephones & a Crooners
Price: $25.00

Top left is a blonde girl with pigtails dialing the phone looking for a ring. Top right is a girl roller skating carrying a special message. Her Scottie dog is at her feet. Below a boy croons with a large microphone. . He has a big yellow bow tie with red hearts. The verse reads, ? I?m not SINATRA  I?m not BING but for you Valentine I sure can SING.? The final is the timeless teen on the phone. Condition: excellent. Pencil inscriptions on reverse.
Civil War Era Valentine - Dresden Peach and Cuddling Couple
Price: $26.00

Civil War Valentine
Gentleman Romancer on his Knee Holding a Flower Towards Scornful Maiden
Price: $28.00

Romancer on his Knee Holding a Flower
7" Fold-out Valentine - Graceful Woman Love Birds & Lots of Forget-me-nots
Price: $28.00

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Heart Shaped Parchment and Rivet Art Nouveau Valentine w Clover Flowers & Brundage Image
Heart Shaped Parchment and Rivet Art Nouveau Valentine w Clover Flowers & Brundage Image
Price: $30.00

Heart shaped valentine, applied parchment with clover leaves and flower design held in place with rivets.  Clover flowers held in place with rivets with a pretty young girl dressed in green at center.
Young Girl w Pink Lacy Parasol Stands Beneath Horse Shoe with 4 Leaf Clovers and Forget Me Not Garlands
Young Girl w Pink Lacy Parasol Stands Beneath Horse Shoe with 4 Leaf Clovers and Forget Me Not Garlands
Price: $30.00

A sweet young girl in yellow and blue finery stands beneath a horseshoe wound with forget me not garland accented with four leaf clovers.
Valentine w Kitten Stands on Honeycomb Ball of Yarn 7”
Valentine w Kitten Stands on Honeycomb Ball of Yarn 7”
Price: $30.00

A die-cut kitten stands atop a double opening red honeycomb ball of yarn.
Strong Valentine - Man and Woman Strolling, "I love thee! I love thee!"
Price: $30.00

Man and Woman Strolling, "I love thee!
Art Nouveau Influenced Valentine Gift Book, “Heartiest Good Wishes.”
Price: $30.00

An 8 pp booklet with embossed heavy stock covers. Art Nouveau Influenced  cover design with poppies and flowing greenery.  An applied die-cut at center of  girl while seated among the giant violets.  An anonymous rhyming valentine verse within.  In-text and full page color illustrations of a young girl harvesting violets and later holly.  Also includes scene of cats and kitten playing London Bridges --most unusual for a book of this nature. Condition: s excellent.
Three Tier Charm String - "My Hearts Gift" and Poppy Flower Child
Price: $32.00

Tier Charm String - "My Hearts Gift"
Victorian Die-cut Paper Doll Valentine c1890s—Your Voice is Music…
Victorian Die-cut Paper Doll Valentine c1890s—Your Voice is Music…
Price: $35.00

A charming paper doll valentine – a 10 ¾” die-cut chromolithograph scrap torso of a young lady holding a song sheet.
Tulip and Rose Art Nouveau Rivet and Parchment Valentine with Die-cut of Brundage girl with Hoop
Tulip and Rose Art Nouveau Rivet and Parchment Valentine with Die-cut of Brundage girl with Hoop
Price: $35.00

Art Nouveau influence with tulip and rose background and applied iris on parchment, held in place with rivets.  Brundage girl with hoop.
Mackarness, Henry S., and George W. Cottrell. Susie and the Butterflies And Other Stories. Boston: G.W. Cottrell, 1856.
Mackarness, Henry S., and George W. Cottrell. Susie and the Butterflies And Other Stories. Boston: G.W. Cottrell, 1856.
Price: $35.00

Woodcut illustrations throughout.   Back cover advertises G. W. Cottrell as Publisher, Bookseller, Stationer, and Valentine Dealer.
Heart Shaped Tuck - From Heart to Heart Brundage Kids at Blackboard
Price: $35.00

Heart Shapped Valentine Card
Mechanical Valentine Magician with Parrot is trying a Trick with Monkey and Mice
Price: $35.00

Mechanical Valentine Magician
The Gift of Friendship and Casket of Literature for 1848. A.T. Wilbur Edward A. Rice Lowell 1848
Price: $35.00

288 pp. Applied marble hard cover, 21 plates, engraved and hand colored lithography. Book contains writings, poetry, music sheets, and plates. Name plate at back says Rhoda S. Clarke. 9" x 5 1/2" hand drawn/colored picture at front of book and name label on back inside cover, foxing, binding loose on front cover
The Album Writer's Assistant: being choice selections in Poetry and Prose, for Autograph Albums, Valentines, Etc.J.L. Patten and Co.New Yorkc. 1880
Price: $35.00

60 pp. Printed brown paper cover, Advertisements on end paper, string bound binding. A sampling poems and prose to be included in friendship albums or valentine's. An aid to help those those that have "found it utterly impossible at the moment  either to draw from the well of their own thoughts the sentiments they desired to express or to call to memory any appropriate quotation." OCLC: 7 (8/24/2016) 6" x 4 1/4". worn cover, binding coming loose
C1870s German Friendship Card w Hidden Message behind Victorian Scrap of Foppish Suitor
C1870s German Friendship Card w Hidden Message behind Victorian Scrap of Foppish Suitor
Price: $40.00

Lithograph card with embossed gold embellishment borders.  Captioned Aus Freundschaft at base.   Applied 3 ½” scrap of foppish young boy in proper riding attire opening his purse and presenting a letter.
Open out Die cut Flower Cart w Love Birds Roses & Red Honeycombs
Open out Die cut Flower Cart w Love Birds Roses & Red Honeycombs
Price: $40.00

Die cut Victorian push cart with roses, love bird and honeycomb.
Valentine With Applied Scrap Center of Colorful Flowers
Price: $40.00

A single fold embossed valentine with an applied scrap depicting an array of spring flowers.  A small floral scrap that reads, “Truthful.”  Condition: small area of discoloration upper left. Scrapbook residue and pencil inscription on reverse.
Dressed Embossed Scrap Paper Doll on Valentine c1890
Dressed Embossed Scrap Paper Doll on Valentine c1800
Price: $45.00

An embossed die-cut valentine with a scrap paper doll bodice of a young girl wearing a purple velvet hat.
3 Tier Die-cut Valentine –Rose Basket, Cherubs with Hearts & Arrow & Sail Ship Masts 8”
3 Tier Die-cut Valentine –Rose Basket, Cherubs with Hearts & Arrow & Sail Ship Masts 8”
Price: $45.00

Three part 9” die-cut valentine with baskets of roses, cherubs and sail boat masts.
Fairy and Cupid Guard Hidden Message
Price: $45.00

An embossed, die cut, heart with a fairy and cupid
Special Birthday Greeting in Box with Hidden Message inside with Lace, Lovely Girl, and Flowers
Price: $45.00

Special Birthday Greeting in Box
Marcus Ward -Lace Valentine Card with Dandy and His Girl Smelling a Rose under the Arbor
Price: $45.00

Ward -Lace Valentine Card with Dandy
Gold Enhanced Valentine with Lace Paper Heart Surrounding Cupid
Price: $45.00

Lacey Cupid in a Heart with Small Scrap Face
"Wood" Lace Paper Valentine with Mirror and Scrap Horse C1850
Price: $45.00

"Wood" Lace Paper Valentine
1940's Strong - Broken Hearted Women Sitting in a Garden
Price: $45.00

Broken Hearted Women Sitting in a Garden
1840's Strong - Sweet the Breath of Early Morn, Couple in the Garden
Price: $45.00

Sweet the Breath of Early Morn, Couple
Octavo Lace Paper
Octavo Lace Paper with applied Silk Embroidered Cartouche with Silk Ribbon Trim
Price: $50.00

A lace paper only applied to what was once the top of a valentine.  It is unidentified, but elaborate lace paper with gilt embellishment.  This is topped with an applied silk ribbon border and a center cartouche with embroidered silk roses captioned “To My Friend”.
Tuck Valentine with Window that Opens to Winged Cupid
Price: $50.00

Valentine with Window that Opens to Winged Cupid
Lace Paper
Lace Paper – Cupid Navigates Sailboat – I Cling to Thee Intricate Gilt Enhanced Finely Detailed
Price: $60.00

A 5” x 3” elaborate and intricate lace paper with Cupid in a sail boat as the center cartouche.  C1860s.
A Useful Article for You.
Price: $60.00

A somewhat unusual vinegar valentine or penny dreadful. A 9 1/4" x 5 7/8"  deeply embossed light stock card. Border decoration depicts a long and lean curmudgeon figure holding a card reading "With Kind Regards". Grassy patch at base with a frog and a stalk up the right side with a stork perched at top. A fine looking embossed cradle beneath title.  The rhyming verse is an attempt at comforting a childless woman advising adoption as a last resource. Light creases, intact edge wear; appears trimmed.
James Whitcomb RileyOld School Day Romances Bobbs-Merrill Co.Indianapolis 1909
Price: $60.00

38 unnumbered pp. Pictorial cloth cover, frontispiece, color illustrations and decorations by E. Stetson Crawford, illustrations repeat throughout the book, red, black, and gilt monogram on end pages. Children's poem about school day romances that "are the dearest, after all!." 9" x 6 1/2"
9 ¾” Decorative Edwardian Flue Cover w Angelic Cherubs in Clouds
9 ¾” Decorative Edwardian Flue Cover w Angelic Cherubs in Clouds
Price: $65.00

A stove flue cover with a lithograph of a pair of winged cherubs or angels sitting in the clouds.
Small Mansell  Lace Paper Valentine with Blue Accented Dresden Adornments and Dresden Skep c1870s
Small Mansell Lace Paper Valentine with Blue Accented Dresden Adornments and Dresden Skep c1870s
Price: $65.00

Lace paper valentine with gaudy inside page displaying through lace. Popular 1860s - 70s style.
Gazebo Valentine Bliss
Price: $80.00

Gazebo Valentine Bliss
Victorian Valentine Die-cut Scrap of Bouquet of Roses with Bright Red Honeycomb Basket, Germany
Victorian Valentine Die-cut Scrap of Bouquet of Roses with Bright Red Honeycomb Basket, Germany
Price: $85.00

An 11” x 9 ¾” embossed die-cut Victorian scrap of a large bouquet of red roses and forget-me-nots
Octavo Lace Paper
Octavo Lace Paper Garden Scene Valentine with Gilt Embellishment and Dresden Birds in Nest with Eggs. Windsor or Wood.
Price: $85.00

An octavo size valentine with lace paper cover backed with fine silk mesh and watercolor red roses with green vines and gilt embellishment.  It depicts a woman standing in a garden setting.
Color Lithograph Valentine with Watercolor Finishing - Lovely Lady in Rose Garden
Price: $85.00

A single-fold printed color lithograph illustration of lovely woman seated in rose garden.  Enhanced with watercolor on roses and ivy border decoration.  The verse begins “Would I might kiss that crimson lip... Inside blank. c1850s. Envelope folds, otherwise fine.
Open-out Valentine w Pretty Girl in Blue Cape with Blue Honeycomb Mushrooms
Girl Wearing Blue Cape, Gathering Flowers - Purple Honeycomb Mushroom, Tuck
Price: $90.00

A pretty young girl gathering flowers in her apron with a love bird at her side.  Front tier is a blue honeycomb mushroom, adorned with cherubs.
Recipes for the Bride
Price: $95.00

A handmade recipe book for a bride that also doubles as a guest book for the wedding. The cover features several cut out and pasted on pictures, and it is bound with a ribbon that forms a bow on the front. Each recipe is given a title to follow the wedding theme, such as "Wedding Jam" and "Lover's Delight", and they guest would fill in a recipe. There is come edge wear, as well as general toning due to age. One of the pages of the recipe book was never bound in with the rest, and is loose. The bow is slightly soiled, and has a few intact tears in it. Otherwise fine. Measures 8" x 7 1/2".
Raphael Tuck Valentine – Kneeling Revolutionary Gentlemen with Open-out Parcel
Raphael Tuck Valentine – Kneeling Revolutionary Gentlemen with Open-out Parcel Revealing Love Birds & Honeycomb Frances Brundage
Price: $100.00

A Revolutionary era gentleman on bended knee with a large package captioned ‘From Heart to Heart’.  It opens to reveal a row of love birds and blue birds amidst vining roses.   A small paper honeycomb at front.
A "Message of Love" Sailing Ship w Griffin on Sails - Young Couple
Price: $100.00

A three (3) tier fold-down valentine
Fine Mansell Lace paper Envelope w Gilt Enhanced Valentine w Printed Silk Verse
Price: $100.00

This fine lace paper embossed die-cut envelope is marked "Mansell".  The entire envelope is lace paper.  Within is a gilt enhanced replica of the cover design with a courting couple at left and a cartouche backed with a printed silk verse entitled "A True and Devoted Heart".   Hand penned at the base of the verse is LIke Thine Dan. "We will always be friends; Little blue-eye" is penned on the front of the envelope.  Measures 10 1/2" x 7" when flat. Few dots of old glue residue; otherwise fine.
Vinegar Valentine - Cutwork Paper Heart with Hand Penned Verse Endling Relationship
Price: $120.00

A 5 1/2" x 4 3/4" paper heart with sawtooth border, edge and center with triangle cutwork, with pinprick border design. What at first appearance looks to be a love poem turns sour.  The verse reads "Venus herself is not more birght Or lovely to the view, Her Skin is like the lily white, Her eyes a heavenly blue...Tis true with sympathetic arts You once procur exchange of hearts, But since with love no more I burn, Mine I'll take back and yours return".   Light wrinkling and wear.
Art Nouveau Easel style Valentine
Art Nouveau Intricate Transitional Valentine Easel Back
Price: $125.00

Multi-tier hinged valentine - transitional piece from Victorian to Art Nouveau
Elaborate Lace Paper Octavo
Elaborate Lace Paper Octavo Valentine with Feather and Silk Flower Embellishment. Maker Unknown. C1850s
Price: $125.00

A 7” x 4 ¾” embossed die-cut valentine with elaborate gilt enhanced lace paper in a mirrored shape hinged to the front.  Embellished with feathers and a silk flower.
Fine Lace Paper Valentine with Light Stepping Gent Hand Colored Lithograph
Price: $125.00

A single-fold  valentine with  fine lace paper cover.  A hand colored lithograph at center depicts a light stepping or dancing gent in a garden.  It is captioned “Who can behold thee dearest, and not love”. Inside blank.  No maker noted.  Also includes embossed envelop addressed to Lizzie Bassett, Worcester, Mass. Condition: small corner chip upper left.  Overall excellent. c1850.
Elegant 6" Open-out Valentine Dresden Chariot Pulled by Love Birds - Cupid Leads the way
Price: $125.00

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Elaborate Victoiran Boxed Valentine
Elaborate Multi-Level Valentine in Hinged Box
Price: $140.00

1860s hinged box valentine with   Cameo scrap of woman holding dove.
Octavo -Floral Lace Paper with Cupid, Dresden Heart with Butterfly at center c1860s
Price: $150.00

A single-fold 5"x 7" valentine with intricate lace paper cover with floral patters and Cupid above the cartouch. A Dresden scrap with butterfly surrounded by a heart floats at the center of the cover on silk mesh backing.  Inside applied verse shows through silk mesh. Purple wafers at base corners and center top.  Applied verse withing titled Accepted Love. No maker identified. Few specks on front lace margin and reverse; overall fine.
The History of Love - Penned as an Eternal Knot of Love c1840.. ..c1840
Price: $150.00

A hand penned verse written as a continuous or eternal figure-eight knot begins "This is the place where love begins until you die it never ends". It concludes "Still beginning and never ending this is love worth recommending --- by her humble servant the Authority".  The verse concludes where it began. Two (2) small hearts at the base.  Verse most likely from a valentine writer.  "The History of Love" penned on reverse.  Measures 8" x 9". . Letter folds.
Valentine Marionette - Leprechaun
Little Leprechaun Valentine Mechanical Marionette Toy - Raphael Tuck
Price: $175.00

An 11" x 9" embossed die-cut mechanical marionette paper toy by Raphael Tuck & Sons. Ltd.
Octavo - Lace paper with Paper Pants - My Heart Pants for Thee Dobbs, Kidd & Co. c1850s
Price: $175.00

A 4 5/8" x 7" valentine with intricate lace paper cover.  The center opening is backed with silk besh with an applied pair of paper pants. Sentiment on inside page shows through "My Heart" above the pants and "For Thee" below the pants. Two embossed die-cut scraps of roses also adore the cover.  The inside page reads "My heart pants for thee".  Reverse is blank.  Dobbs, Kidd & Co. c1850s.  Condition: Old repair lower right corner; few areas of discoloration on lace.  Unusual item
11 Vinegar Valentines backhandedly promoting Sapolio Soap c1910.
Price: $175.00

Eleven (11) different approximately 9" x 6" vinegar valentines printed in three colors. Each is demeaning someone and suggesting they use Sapolio soap for one reason or another. Captions include To A Kitchen Recruit, Love's Young Dream, To a Horseman, To a Farmer, Don't You Forget It!, To a Bartender, To a Masher, To a Model Husband, To an Author, To a Smoker and finally To a Sleeping Beauty. Reverse is blank. Scarce items. .
Plaited Hair & Hearts - Friendship note between cousins. ..c1820s
Price: $175.00

Single-fold 5" x 3  3/4" sheet with sentiment and circle of plaited hair and decorative hand cut paper hearts.  The verse reads: "Dear Cousin will you accept this book, Ts all I have to send, And as often as you read it Please Remember your friend.  Eliaz Ann Nittleton To her Cousin Ann Nettleton." Paper cover lacking. . Bristol CT - Married 1839
Letters of Mary Adeline in Holliston to Lovina Emerson, 1848-1849. ..1848-1849
Price: $180.00

Two letters from Mary in Holliston, MA to her friend, Lovina Emerson, in Southboro [sic], MA. The letters detail the life of Mary and her close relationship with Lovina. The letters are almost two years apart and show the changing lifestyles between the two. Mary is teaching while Lovina is starting a family. They have mutual friends that are discussed along with the happenings in their hometown. Feb. 29, 1848; Holliston; addressed Southboro, Mass - A letter, from Mary, to update her friend. Mary has not written and cannot believe how much time has gone by since she came from Southboro. She asks about Lovina’s mother’s health and the school that Mr. Alden is teaching in. She discusses her students and how some are almost twenty years old and some not quite four years old. The total number of students is 62, twenty-five of them under the age of eight. Mary mentions the dramatic change in Holliston and how it is not easy to recognize, “the Railroad, the Depots & several new buildings nearby, make the place look quite differently from what it used to.” She wishes the “people were only growing better” and explains “the evil one” is hard at work and has succeeded in setting up a “dancing school.” Mary comments that her cousin Charles envies Mr. Emerson’s “happiness in getting such a wife.” She talks of Miss Lydia Walker and how her gentleman “did not wait upon her home once” and questions if she will avail of the 1848 Leap Year (presumably referring to the folk lore that women can propose to men on leap day). Their friend Almira passed away and Mary is concerned that so many of their friends have passed, their turn will come soon. She asks to be remembered to Lovina’s mother, husband, and daughter. A short note on back mentions running into mutual friends and another begs her to please destroy this letter and the next one. Dec. 10, 1849; Holliston; embossed cover addressed to Ireland Depot, Springfield, Mass  - This letter, almost two years later, explains the changes in Lovina’s life. It opens with the happiness at Lovina’s reception. Lovina is excused for not writing “under present circumstances” and Mary then mentions how Lovina requests a boy’s name for her new son. Mary suggests George and Charles as her favorites but teases that Mr. Emerson would prefer names like “Cassivelaunus [sic], Huniades, or Orophernes.” Mary discusses mutual friends and how she is considering “going to the far west, to train the young ideas that shoot a little this side of sundown.” She then laments of the problems of teaching; some of the students are only three and they are “so restless and noisy that I hardly know how to endure” and “the thought of the amount of responsibility that rests upon the teacher is almost overwhelming.” She goes on to discuss how a parent’s responsibility is so much more and wishes Lovina good thoughts on raising her son. Mary states that Lovina must be “looking forward to the time when if his life is spared he will be an actor in the busy scenes of life” and “may strength from above be given you for the fulfillment of your arduous though pleasant task.” She is shocked by the news of Dr. Parkman’s murder and the implication of Proff. W. (referring to the Parkman-Webster murder case-John Webster was indicted for the murder of George Parkman in January 1850  after Parkman disappeared in November 1849 and remains were found under Webster’s furnace). Looks to be remembered to her teacher, Mrs. F, and Mary (possibly Lovina’s daughter). Names briefly mentioned in the letters-Elizabeth Chamberlain, Lydia Walker, Moses and Adeline Rockwood, Almira Woodward, Maria Whitney, Miss Newton, Mr. Buller, John Batchelder. .
Quarto Handcolored  Lithograph Valentine
Quarto Handcolored Lithograph Valentine with Gentleman and Cupid – Women in Yonder Window…c1830s
Price: $200.00

A hand colored lithograph printed quarto valentine depicting a stately gentleman at the garden’s gate being advised by Cupid.
Dobbs-Kidd Lace Paper Octavow with Applied Paper & Silk Flowers and Paper Glove - My Love The Glove
Price: $200.00

A single-fold 5" x 7 1/2" lace paper cover valentine marked Dobbs-Kidd. The center cartouche is backed with silk mesh exposing a verse beneath titled My Love The Glove. Applied and hand painted flowers at sides and at top. Silk leaves with Dresden fern at top accent a die-cut glove below and silk leaves at base. As you are most likely aware the glove was given as a valentine token for centuries. The verse reads
My Love The Glove

I eman not you should wear
But with your aid
My dearest Maid
We'll join and make a pair

Do say I pray
The Happy day
When if by me you'll stand
I'll promise Thee
Helpmate to be
If you'll give me a hand

Condition: overall excellent.
Friendship Letter with eternal ring plaited hair from Emma to John Van Syckel. .Mount Pleasant, NJ.1818
Price: $200.00

Affixed to the top of the single-fold note lettersheet is a quadruple plaited eternal ring of hair with an applied ribbon demonstrating the affection of the writer known only as Ella.  The letter reads. Friday June 17, 1818 Dear John, Should misfortune on you fall and the cold world pass you by and still proudly stand the test and meet each Scornful eye or should any dare to whisper a word tho name & would it back to those from Whence it came. Ever Yours Ella Accompanied by an envelope addressed to John (illegible last name) Mount Pleasant, New Jersey. Letter sheet measures 6" x 4". Letterfold. .
Valentine with Eggwash Quarto Color
Quarto Color Lithograph Valentine with Eggwash Hand Finish Depicting Courting Couple in a Garden c 1840.
Price: $225.00

Finely embossed lace paper w color lithograph  eggwash hand finish depicts an early Victorian couple while strolling through a garden – he plucks a pink rose matching her costume.
Exceptional Delicate Open-Out Valentine - Cupid Rides Swan Pulling Flower Cart
Price: $225.00

A delicate tricycle flower cart apparatus with Cupid sitting on a swan at the front wheel. The cart is comprised of gold embossed die-cut Victorian scrap with three (3) attached wheels; in the front and on both sides. Atop the cart are tiers of forget-me-nots and a note reading A token of affection.  Condition: overall fine; few repairs at the top of the forget-me-nots.  Please note: I will provide instructions on opening (it’s simple if you do it right, but could be a problem if you don’t...)
Quarto - Embossed Paper Valentine with Hand Colored Lithograph - Burk c1850
Price: $250.00

An 8" x 10" single-fold valentine with finely embossed decorative device border design.  Brightly hand colored decorative elments surround Cupid floating above a rose, lily, forget-me-not and butterfly.   Printed verse begins "How may my heart its feelings prove" and concludes "Thou art my lov'd one--smiling Maid!" Inside blank. Paper by Burk, c1850.  Condition: minor toning left margin; overall fine.
Stipple engraving of cupid blowing bubbles.
Price: $275.00

An 8 1/4" x 11" stipple engraving capteioned at base "Cupid Blowing Bubbles.  London. Pub. June 8, 1808, by H. Sintrenich (Pupil of Bartolozzi) 29 New Bond St.  Whimisical imagery. .
Cutwork Endless Knot of Love. ..
Price: $275.00

A folded paper cutwork measuring 2 3/4" x 4 1/4"  endless knot of love with a continuous verse that begins "Fairest of creatures to thee I send this note of love which hat no end to let you know my love is true and that so none aloive but you therefore my humble mind is ..."  The reverse is blank. .
Stipple engraving cherubs with songbooks . H. Bartolozzi
Price: $325.00

8 3/4" x 7 1/4" engraving depicting three (3) cherubs  in an eternal circle with greenery and song sheets.  Marked F. Bartolozzi..
Dear Plaited Hair Family Keepsake. ..
Price: $325.00

A 2 1/2" x 4 1/2" piece of paper with six (6) different hair ornament remembrances from FAther Mother, Sarah, Emma, Marion and Hatty.  Each a slightly different design. Marion's circular plaits are adorned with a saw-tooth cut paper heart.   No further identification. c1860s..
The Lady's Own Fashionable Valentine Writer, c1849. T. W. Strong.New York.c1849
Price: $350.00

34 pp. Pictorial paper wrapper. Verbiage for valentine for veritably anyone including the conceited man: "You rail at marriage, saucy swain, I know the reason why -- Your follies are so very plain, No fair one will comply." Also includes acrostics for women's and men's names and words of sentiment and affection. Measures 4 1/4" x 2 3/4"   No OCLC. Minor edge wear, particularly on the back strip. A previous owner's names is inscribed on the front cover. A few minor stains across a minimal number of interior pagers, nothing that effects the readability.
Letters of John H. Wells to Miss Julia Tracy, 1828-1829. ..
Price: $375.00

A collection of 5 letters from John H. Wells to his fiancé Julia Tracy.  Letters are very neutral, only implying affection when signing off. They depict the planning for marriage, preparing a house, what arrangements to meet again, and generic descriptions of what is occurring during his life.  Wells does mention interesting topics such as the Anti-Masonry movement, items needed to set up house, wedding planning, religious sentiment, and contain a sketch of a house floor plan. The letters are sent to Tracy in Middletown, CT and come from Wells in Puluski and Richland, NY. Letters are folded and addressed with stampless post, date answered and occasionally a red worn wax seal. The Ward family history and ancestry list a John Howard Wells (1784-1844) married  Julia Tracy (1797-1893) in May 1829 and had 5 children; Henry Dana, Ebenezer Tracy, Franklin, Martha Caroline, and John Howard. These names correspond with names that appear in the letters as friends and family of the couple. Puluski, Sept 4, 1828 To Julia Tracy, Middletown, CT from J.H. Wells Richland, NY -Wells opens with the acknowledgment that he received her last letter and mentions that “it had been a long time traveling to the west and back.” He appears to tease her about a “reproof” in her last letter and offers her “almost any charge you may choose to bring against me.” He informs her that due to the health of one man and “obstinacy of mother” he will be unable to engage a house for the fall. He explains that they will need to purchase “Cabinet ware” and begs her pardon but feels it would be better for him to purchase items. He tells her to mention if there are specific items she has interest in and he will look into them on the way to N. York. He mentioned their engagement to his brother but expressed that it “probably may be told as a great secret to a number of persons very soon.” He says he will see her in October. Ans. Oct 8, 1828 To Julia Tracy, Middletown, CT from J.H. Wells Richland, NY - Letter has been torn off, only the outer paper with address and date are left Puluski, Dec 8 (?), 1828 To Julia Tracy, Middletown, CT from J.H. Wells Richland, NY - Wells left Tracy and did not arrive home until late. His eyes were inflicted with an infection and he needed to remove all light so was not able to write. He sent a flower pot and two parcels and wants to ensure they arrived. He purchased cloth for Caroline, it was the “cheapest piece” and “was told it was fashionable.” He mentions the “Mountain Ash was not forgotten” but he was traveling in the stage from Albany and passed the place where he saw them. He requests she tell Mrs. Ward he will “bear it in mind some future opportunity.” He discusses the weather and if it stays mild will have the cellar dug for his house. He will put it “24 feet from the street” which he assumes she will think sufficient. He questions of she would like the “juice of Linnen” (?) in the winter and if so he can send it by “way of Brattleboro and Hartford.” Puluski, Dec 31, 1828  To Julia Tracy, Middletown, CT from J.H. Wells Richland, NY - Wells is extremely happy to she was not “visited with the dreaded evil” and believes he was “more fearfull [sic] than necessary.” He is gratified that Caroline was suited with his choice and says that if she is as “well suited in making a much more important choice” he would be happy to give his opinion. His eyes have almost healed and “as well as when I received your kind prescription. “The new merchant, Mr. Brazton, is getting married and Wells hears the bride is a pleasing young woman whom he hopes will be a pleasant acquaintance for Tracy. His neighbor, the Lawyer, “is the most malicious person I ever knew” and is “bent upon injuring me in every possible way.” Wells wishes her a Happy New Years and wishes that she will be “happily situated here before tit shall have half expire.” He says they should be grateful for the many Blessings and he feels favored “of being united to one who is all I could wish her to be.” He asks about her brother, Frank, and explains about getting her orders and the money he has set aside for her. Richland, March 16, 1829 To Julia Tracy, Middletown, CT from J.H. Wells Richland, NY - Wells is pleased Tracy enjoyed herself in Hartford. He regrets that he did not have all the plans ahead worked out or he would have visited. He is in a “quandary” as there is 12-16 inches of snow and the ground is hard. He is unable to complete the cellar on schedule. He is trying to “hire a house that will answer for one year.” He plans to continue and hopefully finish in July. He considers staying at the tavern where he stays now but there are 8 Gentleman “(so called)” and no Ladies. He thanks her for the offer of using the orders and he may use $100 since it is mutually beneficial for them to invest when she comes. There is an “Anti-Masonry” movement beginning there (also called Anti-Freemasonry and defined as "avowed opposition to Freemasonry" –Wikipedia). He is concerned that it will “create considerable ill feeling among those who have heretofore been friendly.” He asks h=if he should invite Mr. Walton to their wedding. He plans to be with her on the 12 or 16 of May and wants the ceremony “to take place the day after my arrival.” He asks if she would like to “start immediately or remain a few days?” March 18 - He held onto the letter because he had the prospect of getting a house for one year. He informs her that he is successful in “hiring one at $65.” It is one and a half stories and includes a sketch at the end of the letter. He decides to not commence building until she is with him but he will be able to rent it if they chose to not occupy it the whole time (referring to the rented house). Richland, April 15, 1829 To Julia Tracy, Middletown, CT from J.H. Wells Richland, NY - Reference her last letter and expresses regret that her mother is ill. He understands that she does not want to travel and wishes to care for her mother. He has rented a house and has made preparations for keeping house. He says he will not invite anyone to their wedding until he sees her which he is hoping will be before May 1st. He mentions the “interesting period” she is now witnessing and how it “is indeed a time when Christians have great reason to be thoughtful that the Savior is indeed as we trust Redeeming the Souls of Sinners.” He says he hopes she will witness “a great ingathering of Souls” and “every Blessing may attend” her but feels he is “not worthy so great a blessing and privilege.” He is concerned that he is “so divided from various causes here.” He hopes her mother will be better when he sees her and sends his love and affection.   .
Fine Quarto Hand Colored Lithograph Hymen's Temple Reveals Secret Desire - Wedding Proposal 1840s
Price: $500.00

A 7 3/4" x 9 3/4" single-fold valentine with intricately embossed fine border design. Large image of hand colored lithograph Heymen's Temple.  The verse at base reads "In Hymen's Temple you see above, Sacred to Constancy and Love; Look within and there you'll see What pleases you and pleases me.  For there at that holy shrine I will join my hand with thine And may you ne'er live for repent, The day when you gave kind consent."  When the door of the temple is opened it reveals a wedding ceremony. Inside page is blank.  Condition; overall excellent.  Very slight margin toning..
John Greenleaf WhittierAutographed Cabinet Card, Manuscript Sign Verse and pen and ink of "The Captain's Well" 1870s-1880s
Price: $500.00

A grouping of materials related to Whittier.  The first is a cabinet card with Whittier's signature at base.  The second is a 4 3/4" x 7 1/2" page from an autograph album with what seems to be an original verse penned and signed by John G. Whittier, Amesbury 1878.  The reverse has an drawing by Alice C. Boynton, Boston MA. The third is a 4" x 4 1/2" piece of shingle with a pen and ink somewhat naive drawing of "The Captain's Well".  It is captioned "And I knew in that vision beyong the sea, The very place where my well must be". Penned on the reverse "Picture of the 'Captian's Well' at Amesbury on a shingle from John G. Whittier's House in Amesbury". This is being sold only as an illustration, there has been no attempt to confirm that the wood shingle is from Whittier's home. The final item is a snippet from a letter penned by Whittier..
Souvenir Album: Written by husband and wife Joseph and Susan Miller 1855-1860 w Watercolor drawings and punch paper bookmark love token. Thornton IA.
Price: $500.00

A brown gilt stamped album of what appears to be Jesus and "the woman at the well" on front cover and large lidded ewer on the back cover. Five full page engravings depicting somber scenes of  people and places.   The album begins with a Preface and an array of writings by Joseph including Apostrophe ot my Happiness, The Nice House Keeper, The Highland Chief, The Out-going and In-coming Year (1855-56).  This is followed by a single entry from his departing cousin in 1857.  This is followed by  the Inagural Address of the President Of the New Paris Congress. The next entry is by Susan and surrounded by a hand drawn watercolor floral wreath or eternal ring of flower.  Also includes two full page floral drawing by Susan.  In addition Susan has added little watercolor floral spray in the upper right corner of Joseph's writings.  On the Preface page she penned "Susan Miller Joseph Miller" beneath the floral display.   Interfoliata includes a pressed dried flower and a punch paper and ribbon bookmark with "Forget me not Joseph" cross stitched on the punch paper. Measures 7 3/4" x 6". Moderate wear; top and bottom portion of back strip lacking; edge wear on covers.
Friendship Album: Sketches, Watercolors, and Poetry, 1915-1916. .United Kingdom.
Price: $550.00

A friendship album from the United Kingdom full of quotes, poetry, and twenty-two (22) original artwork pieces, from 1915-1916. The covers are leather with the word 'Album' gilded onto the front cover.  The pages are gilded-edge as well. Some notably poetry in the album is the "Hey, diddle, diddle," poem by Mother Goose, and an original poem entitled "The Taxi". Below is a line from that poem: "Hark the Taxi's at the door- Tick! Tick! Tick! Every tick a little more- Tick! Tick! Tick!" The art work in the album showcases a wide variety of skill levels, and mediums, such as ink, pencil, color pencils, and watercolors. Of note is an ink drawing of a Colonel, a watercolor of a Swedish maiden in clogs on the waterfront, an ink drawing with a poem about a little naughty bear, an watercolor and pencil drawing of "A Song for Five Fingers", a watercolor of a fairy at play, a watercolor of "Little Black Sambo", and a beautiful abstract watercolor of ballerina with a colorful tutu, Also Included is even a needle and thread with the line "A stitch in time, saves nine." Measures 8 1/2" x 7 1/4". To view this album, please click on the following link: https://goo.gl/photos/9Jdw4rquwvVrJvAc9. Covers show minor wear due to age and rubbing. Bind is loose, with a few pages semi-detached. There is edge wear on the bottom of the backstrip, and the top is missing a portion. That missing section continues onto the back cover.
Cupid’s Annual Charter; or St. Valentine’s Festival, in which all true lovers have free leave to declare their sentiments for each other, 1798
Price: $800.00

Issac Cruikshank. Published byW. Perk21, St. Martin’s Lane, London, and printed by G. Smeeton, 139 St. Martin’s Lane, London, n.d., hand marked 1798.Hand colored frontispiece. Frontispiece designed by Isaac Cruikshank. 24pp. Blue cover, archival tape repair. Geometric designed woodblock paper on board folio cover applied by previous owner.  From the collection of Lillian N. Stone.  Collection named "Her Valentines". Scarce. OCLC –one..