Octavo Lace Paper Garden Scene Valentine with Gilt Embellishment and Dresden Birds in Nest with Eggs. Windsor or Wood.
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. The open
area amongst the tree canopy above has an applied intricate Dresden scrap of a bird’s nest, complete with
birds and eggs. The inside page has
printed green fern cartouche with applied coated stock paper cut out of an open
book reading “Forget Me Not”. Reverse is
blank. Most likely Windsor or early Wood lace paper. c1850s. Small portion of lace lacking bottom front. Glue marks on inside page and scrapbook residue on reverse. Minor condition issues on intricately
decorated lace paper.