Valentine Heart Design: Yenke Peddler Vintage

Valentine Heart Design: Yenke Peddler Vintage

Valentine Heart Design: Yenke Peddler Vintage


CLEVELAND, Ohio – This weekend offers a few extra days to celebrate St. Valentine’s Day! February 14th since 496, this holiday honors a great Roman priest who served all with love and devotion. I wish you every day a fulfilling day!

In the early 1900s, postcards provided a great way to honor a loved one. Economical postage rates are also attractive. These caring emotions are enduring and beautiful. The collection of hearts, cupids, prose and poetry themes travel thousands of miles to convey a special intent.

In the postcard world, Ellen Clapsaddle (1865-1934) is known for her American illustrations. Specializing in holiday themes, children are a featured theme. Her classic presentation is still the first choice of many collectors. Original and unmarked cards are the most valuable; however, the sender’s excellent calligraphy is also admirable.

Raphael Tuck & Sons published the work of another talented American artist, Frances Brundage (1854-1937). She is also known for her depictions of children. Since Cupid is depicted as a child-like angel, her theme is especially suitable for Valentine’s Day. There are also various other holiday themes. Each one has extraordinary detail and some cards are embossed.

The perennial Pennsylvania Dutch design is a symbol of holding hands. Scherenschnitte Valentine’s Day is very intricate, featuring birds, cupids and floral motifs. This cutting technique requires skilled craftsmen to achieve symmetry and crisp detailing. The German community has inherited this heart-to-heart craft. Their best frame is to protect their fragile nature.

Hello Mrs Yenke,

These were given to him by my late father’s brother. I wonder if they are real and if they have value?


Hi Dave,

Like most Colombian art, your work is curious and very original. Most likely, they were made for the tourist trade and were of little value. They are made of clay and have no molds. When wet, dents and facial features are sculpted. Gray’s Auction House in Lakewood offers limited assessments as they are an international auction house with a wide reach.

If you have a project to evaluate, please send a clear picture with history to Yenke Peddler, Brenda Yenke, PO Box 361633, Strongsville, Ohio, 44136.You can also email photos and information requests for Brenda to evaluate

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