Victorian Religious Christmas Card Double Sided Folding Fringed Decoration
Brand Poppy's Vintage Clothing
This is an authentic Victorian era Christmas card decoration, constructed with 4 smaller cards and 2 larger ones. The piece is fringed on three sides. One of the longer cards is pleated through the middle, so that you can lift the bottom half and view another card with a H.M. Burnside poem. All three of the longer cards have Helen Marion Burnside poems - Burnside was a prolific poetess, born in 1844, who went deaf at the age of 13 and was very popular during the Victorian age. Two of the smaller cards have quotes by Frances Ridley Havergal (1836-1879), an English poetess and hymn writer. The poems/quotes all have a religious text - the smaller cards use the symbolism of the anchor and the cross, covered in foliate. The piece measures 11 3/8” by 3 3/4”, unfolded and 6 14” by 3 3/4” closed. It is in very good condition some patina/marking, quite minor and probably some silk fringe loss. This is a lovely Victorian decoration with religious messages - Christmas wasn’t commercial during Victorian times, so this set of cards is in keeping with the religious holiday that it was.