CASH IN THE ATTIC: The Valentine’s cards from the 1800’s that can fetch £350
Every week Toby Walne gives the low-down on the value of forgotten treasures that may be gathering dust in your attic.
Valentine’s Day can be traced back to ancient Roman fertility festivals.
The name comes from Saint Valentine, who was executed in 269AD after performing wedding ceremonies at a time when marriage was banned to get men to join the army.
Old Valentine’s card can be worth a lot of money now, with this one from 1893 on sale for £85
It was not until the 15th Century that letters were swapped between sweethearts as a token of love.
Thanks to improved printing techniques, by the 1820s, thousands of cards were delivered every year, posted by hand in the dead of night and encrypted with secret codes to hide the sender’s identity.
If you are lucky enough to have inherited a handpainted lithograph from the 1850s with a lace-style frill, you have a love note worth £25.
An ornate design, such as those by German firm Littauer & Boysen, with a decorative leather cover and gilt edging can fetch £100.
An 1876 set of British artist Kate Greenaway’s illustrations – The Quiver of Love: A Collection of Valentines – is worth £350.
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