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To Emeline: A Love Token with Skillfully Cut and Woven Heart in Hand
Probably New England, ca. mid-19th century. Watercolor and ink on wove paper with pin prick decoration and cut/applied paper. A scarce view into the manner of artistically expressing fondness in the mid-19th century. The written passages, addressed to Emeline (from the gentleman who appears to be 'Everett'), is eloquently written and crafted with precision. . The two segments begin with: "May thy path be all sunshine strewn with flowers". and "May thy slumber be tranquil thy dreams ever bright". The applied heart-in-hand is deftly cut. Note the red paper woven into the blue heart, the heart bordered with dotted decoration, and the surgically-cut sleeve. Presented in a period painted reeded frame. The frame about 9 inches tall x 8 3/8 wide.
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