This Was Once My Cottage of Peace Convict Token, circa 1830 Greetings Card.
This Was Once My Cotage of Peace. E.A./ This Is For My Dear Farther From Unfortalnate Datuer Who Is Going Out Of Her Cotage for Life. E.A.
125 x 125 mm, contained in cellophane wrapper with fitted envelope. Price includes Postage & Packing within UK.
Nineteenth-Century Love Token, Engraved on a Cartwheel Penny, circa 1830
Love Tokens are the art of the underclass, first appearing in the mid 18th century. Out of these developed sailor’s farewells and valentines and subsequently the convict love tokens.Known by the prisoners as ” Leaden Hearts” they were produced in prison, the parting gift to their family prior to departing for Australia.
Leaden Hearts produced by women are extremely rare. About ten percent of those transported were women and the proportion of tokens produced by them is much small still. The only known examples given by a woman, are to a father and an aunt.