This greeting card has an overall detailed, embossed lace design on white paper, depicting what appears to be a wedding of cherubim in a vignette at the top. In the center is a gold-colored ring, a small gilt heart, and the beehive. The beehive is comprised of a circle of gold, red, blue, violet, and white patterned paper, with a blue bow in the center. When the beehive is gently lifted by pulling up on the bow, underneath are revealed the words "Love" and "Hope." The beehive effect (also called "flower-cage" or "cobweb") is achieved by cutting out threads of paper, and then attaching a small string to the center of the picture which, when pulled, reveals an illustration or words underneath. This design form originated in Germany and, as Frank Staff notes in The Valentine and its Origins, "is keenly sought after by collectors today." The valentine is blank on the inside. A few light spots and slight crease to the front of the card, else a very good example of an American printed "beehive" with the original envelope, which is also embossed with a lace pattern. (Staff 51). Bookseller Inventory #
Title: Beehive Valentine
Publication Date: 1850
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