Rare 1850s Leather Bound Friendship Album w/ Handwritten Letters
This quite special mid-1800s leather-bound friendship album came from a local estate. These albums are quite rare and highly sought after.
Friendship albums became popular in America in the 1820s, as the blossoming culture made its mark on personal relationships. These leather bound albums contained poems, drawings, and dried flowers, mainly by young women finishing their schooling.
This gorgeous album features beautiful handwritten letters to "Fannie", book plates and dried flowers. The letters are dates 1857".
The album is bounded in embossed leather with gilt lettering on the front and back. It measures 7-1/2" tall by 6" wide, and approx. 5/8" thick. There is some leather loss to the spine, but the book is still intact. Some of the script has faded over the years, but can be read with a magnifying glass.
This is an amazing keepsake that's a conversation piece as well!
Magnifying glass in photo for display purposes only and not included.