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.