Valentine Card


This is a Valentine card that belonged to a member of the Copp family of Stonington, Connecticut during the 18th century. Both sides of the card have rhyming couplets of verse professing love.

Side One: Even so my heart with lovesick pain/Sore wounded is and broken twain/That heart that you do none behold/Will break when you these lines unfold.

Side Two: To say that I falselines have pen’d/No power of envy can pretend/I write the passions of my love/On the outside sweet turtle love.

The Copp Collection contains a variety of household objects that the Copp family of Connecticut used from around 1700 until the mid-1800s. Part of the Puritan Great Migration from England to Boston, the family eventually made their home in New London County, Connecticut, where their textiles, clothes, utensils, ceramics, books, bibles, and letters provide a vivid picture of daily life. More of the collection from the Division of Home and Community Life can be viewed by searching accession number 28810.

Date Made: 1800 - 1840

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: Connecticut, StoningtonPlace Owned: United States: Connecticut, Stonington

See more items in: Home and Community Life: Domestic Life, Copp Collection, Domestic Furnishings


Exhibition Location:

Credit Line: Gift of John Brenton Copp

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: DL.006857.02Accession Number: 28810Catalog Number: 6857.02

Object Name: valentineOther Terms: Sheet; Manuscript

Physical Description: paper (overall material)ink (overall material)Measurements: overall: 1/16 in x 3 1/2 in x 3 5/8 in; .15875 cm x 8.89 cm x 9.2075 cm


Record Id: nmah_316275

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