Valentine of the day: Glove love



19th-century Valentine’s cards often carried a concealed message.  Tucked between the paper gloves on this card made in about 1840 is a silk ribbon with a printed inscription:


You crave an emblem of my love,

I send you dear, a pair of GLOVES

For should you chance the pair to sever,

The other leaves the world for ever.


A pair of gloves had been a traditional Valentine’s gift from men to women as early as the 16th century.  Their association with romantic love continued with the giving of miniature paper gloves like these. 


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