A grouping of materials belonging to John D. Ripley found by a descendant among papers in the of the Putnam-Houser House in 1981. Contents include:A 12” x 15” scherenschnitte or cut-work paper valentine with elongated floral design and circular decorative elements at border.
Center has a hand-penned verse reading “This Valentine I sent to You As evidence of high respect, And when you read if e’er you do, Don’t treat this missive with neglect. Intricately cut from one sheet of paper.
Few separations and light water stains. Housed in mahogany frame. It is accompanied by a silk punch paper sampler bookmark depicting a rose and the name John Ripley. The punch work measures 2 1/4” x 5”. The bookmark was found in the family Bible, 1857.
Also includes a polished stock visiting card and embossed envelope addressed to John Ripley Esq. Accompanying the material is a note card signed by J. H. Houser Jr., describing the materials. This is all accompanied by a typewritten genealogy of John Putnam, 1580-1662 and his wife Priscilla Gould. Glass lacking on frame.