Antique Birthday Card, Early Victorian. (10560) - For Sale
Antique Birthday Card, Early Victorian. (10560)
Pretty birthday card with punched work lace effect in the paper, and a red transparent panel with the birthday wishes printed in gold. Gold detailing also to the paper lacework surround to the panel. It reads: "The Birthday. All hail to the day of your birth - on this morn. For your health and prosperity always I pray. May your life be all roses and free from a thorn, and may you have Many Happy Returns of the day. And though years roll by with unvarying round, and old age creeps on as we travel our way, yet still with a love that life only can bound, I'll wish you a happy return of the day."
Card is half self enveloped. I have no idea what the red panel is made of - sort of thickish cellophane.
Card measures 125 mm by 81 mm (about 5 inches by 3.1/4 inches). Has some damage to one "lace" panel, otherwise very good condition. It has the faint remains of an English design registration mark under one fold - this is the diamond mark used from 1842-1867. The date letter is not really readable, but it could be V, which is 1850.