Retired Florist Finds Marriage Proposal Note From 1780, Hidden in a Puzzle Purse

Retired florist, Ann Eaton, wasn’t expecting to find anything when she opened a Georgian puzzle purse given to her by her late mother.

 
The puzzle purse – a delicate box made of paper – had been left unopened since its creation in 1782, in case someone accidentally ripped the delicate material. So when the 73-year-old pensioner opened it, she was surprised to see a note hidden on the back of the paper. It was a letter in eloquent prose, penned by a lovesick man who wrote it as a marriage proposal to a woman he was pining for 236 years ago.

Ann, from Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire, has now decided to sell the love token – which was accompanied by sketches of doves and hearts – at an auction. ‘I kept it in my jewellery box and looked at it from time to time, but never dared open it. It’s so fragile,’ she said. ‘I’m not sure if it’s a family heirloom but I think it was given to my mum by her eldest brother many years ago…[READ MORE]

Source: Retired Florist Finds Marriage Proposal Note From 1780, Hidden in a Puzzle Purse | metro.co.uk

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