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Eat Your Heart Out - Antique Mechanical Valentine Card, Dapper Dachshund Dog Eating Basket of Hearts, Bizarre Subject Matter, Fun Movement

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This little dachshund has that expression on his face that dogs get when they’re doing something they know they shouldn’t be doing. Does he feel guilty for hogging all the hearts for himself, or is he concerned they're going to give him a tummy ache later?

This antique mechanical Valentine card is made from heavy, embossed die cut card stock. It measures about 6 1/2” wide x 5 3/8” tall. As you rotate the yellow circle, the dog’s mouth opens and closes as his paws move toward his mouth. One paw is empty and the other holds a heart. There’s a small fold-out tab on the back for standing the card up to display.

The card has lots of nice details. The dog is holding a cane and is adorned with blue bows. There’s a realistic bee on the basket (probably symbolizing honey or sweetness), and the basket is so overflowing with hearts that one has fallen out into the grass.

This is an odd little scene, and the mechanical movement adds a whole other delightful dimension. I’ve shown photos of the card in various stages, but still photos really don’t do it justice - it’s really entertaining to watch the dog chomp down on his valentine treats.

The card is in very good condition, especially considering its age (around 100 years old, maybe a little older) and the fact that it has moving parts. There’s a small tear on the bottom edge, a light crease in the dog’s ear, and some minor edge and corner wear. The back is signed “Joe” in pencil. Otherwise, the condition is great. The colors are still vibrant, and the mechanism works perfectly.

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Catherine Johnson

Eat Your Heart Out - Antique Mechanical Valentine Card, Dapper Dachshund Dog Eating Basket of Hearts, Bizarre Subject Matter, Fun Movement

Overview

  • Vintage item from the 1970s
  • Materials: paper, ink, metal brads
  • Feedback: 424 reviews
  • Ships worldwide from Arkansas, United States
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