A True Lovers Knot.[undated, after 1806] Stock Code: 145285
A rare survivalA delightful and rare survival of a "True Lover's Knot" manuscript Valentine poem. Designed to be rotated, the words twist through a maze of linear bands to create both a love letter and an intricate work of art. Part of a long tradition of exchanging handmade tokens, letters, or gifts for Valentine's Day, the "True Lover's Knot" poem is designed so that the reader can enter or leave the text at any point. Predating mass-produced Valentines cards, they were popular in the late 18th and early 19th century, with many of the designs influenced by the fraktur of the Pennsylvania Germans.
Single sheet watermarked 1806, manuscript in English in black ink. Presented mounted and framed (447 × 417mm).
Creased where originally folded, a little browning to edges, in excellent condition.
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