Friday, February 11, 2011

Happy Valentines Day!

Love is in the air...

Happy Valentines Day! Homemade valentines have an especially heartwarming quality, don't you think? To celebrate the most romantic day of the year, we've got a hand-carved creation that is the perfect token of affection. This object is from our folk art collection and it is called a Welsh Love Spoon Carving.

According to our records, Welsh sailors and rustics gave these decorative carvings to their favorite ladies as a prelude to courtship. If the lady accepted the carving, this meant that the couple was officially "spooning." Our example is uniquely elaborate; two unicorns join at the top and small spoon shapes outline the edges of the piece. The dove and heart designs carved into the center panel mean to say "my heart is yours." Wheel shapes signify "I will work for you" and keyhole designs indicate "my house is yours."

Isn't that just what you always wanted for Valentines Day?

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