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The secret history of "lover's eyes"

The secret history of “lover’s eyes”

So-called “Memory Box” made of embossed and painted paper containing eye miniature, ca."The secret history of lover's eyes"

The secret history of 'lover's eyes'  In the 18th and 19th centuries, wealthy British and European lovers exchanged “eye miniatures” — love tokens so clandestine that even now, in the majority of cases, it is impossible to identify their recipients or the people they depict.  Experts believe that there are fewer than 1,000 “lover’s eyes” in existence today.   Apparently, they were meant to be worn inside the lapel, near the heart.

ca 1840 Lover's Eyes Metropolitan museum of art Unusual, both eyes depicted

interviews with women who were in their teens during the Gay [eighteen] Nineties

BBC interview with two Victorian-era women circa 1969

Georgian period eye miniature mourning ring dated 1780.

Georgian period eye miniature mourning ring dated 1780

Antique lover's eye jewelry sold at Sotheby's.  http://www.imobsessedwiththis.com/2012/07/06/ill-be-watching-you-history-of-vintage-lovers-eye-jewelry/#

lover's eye jewelry miniature eye portraits on ivory

Secret Messages in Jewelry – The Lover’s Eye | GIA 4Cs Blog

Secret Messages in Jewelry – The Lover’s Eye

Park Lane,London: Animals in War Memorial, Throughout history many millions of animals have been chosen to serve and vast numbers of those animals died alongside their armies. From Pigeons to dogs to camels and elephants the  memorial is dedicated to all the animals that served, suffered and died alongside the British, Commonwealth and Allied Forces in the wars and conflicts of the 20th century

Park Lane,London: Animals in War Memorial, Throughout history many millions of animals have been chosen to serve and vast numbers of those animals died alongside their armies.

GEORGIAN PAINTED LOVERS EYE GOLD AND ENAMEL BROOCH

Eye Miniature Pendant, Gilt metal and blue enamel oval pendant, ca. Blue right eye with curls of hair and clouds. Purchased from Elle Shushan, Philadelphia. Dimensions: 2 (with hanger) x 1 x inches.

Many parents who gave up their children to the hospital left them with identifying tokens to make sure they could recognise them at a later date. London's Foundling Museum has a vast collection of small objects such as coins, buttons and thimbles which were used in this way.

Token left by mother, used later for identification. The Foundling Museum Collection

You know you're a history fan when You walk past a field and wonder what happened there in the past 200 years.

You Know You're A History Fan When: You walk past a field and wonder what happened there in the past 200 years. This goes for house, buildings, people, streets etc.

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