January 23rd is the birthday of John Hancock, first signer of The United States Declaration of Independence and best remembered for his outstanding signature.
The Writing Instrument Manufacturers Association has declared his birthday National Handwriting Day in the U.S.
It’s not a bad idea, so in celebration of handwriting (and because I have been following a bit of a valentine theme) here is the love token made for Sarah Newlin in 1799 by an unidentified suitor.
The piece is in the collection of the American Folk Art Museum. You can read more about the piece by clicking here.
If the love token’s structure looks familiar, it may be because I posted a valentine like this in 2015.