A Bavarian box Thaler
I was imaging this 1625 Thaler of Maximilian
when I noticed a slight seam around the edge
Holding it by the edge I managed to work at it with my right thumbnail until, violá, the seamed pulled apart to reveal…
…a love poem/note. Evidently the gent who bought and or commissioned the piece was pulling out all the stops. Some of the flourishes are accented with gold gilt.
The poem appears to be in an old German dialect, perhaps Low German (?) and I say gent because of the poem’s salutation which I take to read “Fair Maiden”
Another phrase which I’ve attempted to translate is “hertzen berguneuse” which I’m taking to mean ‘berguneuse heart’ as in Berguneuse, the place name.
Perhaps the fellow was wooing a French woman. I will admit to letting my imagination wander a bit regarding this 17th century piece.
If any member could help with this I’d be happy to send my amateurish translation of some of the phrases.