So-called “memory box” made of embossed and painted paper containing eye miniature, ca. 1830. 1-1/4 x 1-1/4 x 3/8 inches. BOTTOM AND RIGHT: Dark-red leather wallet with gold decorated engine turned clasp containing eye and hand miniatures, stamped with the inscription, “MY DARLING’S SUNSHINE/THE 26 OF MARCH 1882,” 1882. Case (open): 3-7/8 x 9-5/8 x 1/4 inches.
mythologyofblue: “ And the saint writhes and pulls back into himself; yet in his eyes there was still a look which thought this was possible: he had glimpsed it. -Rilke, The Notebooks of Malte Laurids...
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.
Art of Mourning. (2010, October 6). ‘Though lost to sight, to memory ever Dear’ miniature eye portrait bracelet. Retrieved March 8, 2016, from www.artofmourning.com, http://artofmourning.com/2010/09/21/%e2%80%98thought-lost-to-sight-to-memory-ever-dear%e2%80%99-miniature-eye-portrait-bracelet/
In the 18th and 19th centuries, wealthy British and European lovers exchanged ‘eye miniatures…love tokens so clandestine that even now it is almost impossible to identify their recipients or the people they depict. They were meant to be worn inside the lapel, near the heart.