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Marriage fortune telling game : manuscript.

Additional Title(s):

Choose a flower, you'll quickly see, what your future spouse shall be

Great Britain, ca. 1840?
Physical Description:
12 cards : illustrations ; each 38 x 75 mm
Rare Books and Manuscripts
GV1199 .M37 1840 Flat
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Fund
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Archives & Manuscripts
Manuscript marriage fortune telling game, by an unidentified maker, ca. 1840. The title card depicts a blindfolded woman holding a garland, with text: "Choose a flower, you'll quickly see, What your future spouse shall be." Each of the 11 remaining cards depicts a small, finely detailed flower, drawn in watercolor. The verso of each card provides a corresponding fortune, written in black ink. The verso of the harebell, for example, forecasts a spouse who is "Pleasant, lively and unassuming, fond of music and dancing, genteel and elegant in figure." For a rose: "Generous, affection & very amiable, fond of travelling & variety, noted for personal beauty."
All cards bear a small hole in each corner, presumably at one time pierced with thread.
Subject Terms:
Amusements -- Great Britain.
Flowers -- Pictorial works.
Fortune-telling -- Great Britain.
Great Britain -- Social life and customs.
Marriage -- Great Britain.
Women in natural history.
Botanical illustrations.

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