Artifact of the Month

Valentine Plaque
Donated by Dr. W.C. Donovan


This wooden Valentine came from Benton County, and dates to the 1920s-1930s.

Woodburning, or pyrography (from Greek for "fire writing"), is the art of burning a design on wood using a hot instrument. Pyrography was especially popular in the Victorian era. Before the invention of specialized pyrography tools, a hot poker was often used, which led to the art being called "poker work."

More about pyrography:
From Good Housekeeping (1901)

From The Art Crafts for Beginners by Frank Goodwin Sanford (1904)


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