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Hansons valuer Isabel Murtough holds the Valentine. Picture: Hansons - Credit: Archant. Wanstead ancestry researcher completes the love story behind this Valentine. The illustrated letter, sent on February 14,was sold on Friday, February 14, at Hansons Auctioneers in Derbyshire.
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The rare hand-painted Valentine, featuring hearts, flowers, Cupid and lovebirds, was sent to Miss L Shafe, of White Row in Spitalfields, years ago. The Valentine. The Valentine has been owned by Gavin Littaur, from London, for more than 20 years, after buying it at an auction. It's in excellent condition for its age as the keen collector carefully stored it in an album and protected it from sunlight.
Mr Littaur said: "I'm a bit of a romantic and just talking about this Valentine rekindles my love for it. It's beautiful - exceptionally so, in fact.
I've been a collector of postal history for decades and it's the finest I've ever seen. Now new research has potentially revealed the name of the suitor - and what happened next in the tale of romance. Brenda Piper, 76, a retired legal secretary from Wanstead, was so fascinated by the story she set to work to find out more - and contacted Hansons with the romantic .
A keen ancestry researcher since the s, Brenda said: "When I saw there was a name and address in an area of London I knew well, I couldn't resist seeing if I could find her. I thought that perhaps having an idea of the couple involved would add extra interest for whoever bought the card. The witnesses were Mary Burn and Clifford Elisha, possibly the church verger.
They went to live in Brighton and had five children. The Regency Valentine on folding paper bears the manufacturer's watermark, Dobbsand its original red sealing wax.
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