Design*Sponge had a quick post about valentines that Hello Handmade is making this year inspired by Jane Austen. It mentioned that these valentines are folded in the regency style. So, if you read my featured seller interview, you know that I love Jane Austen and if you've read my blog, you'll know that I used to do some calligraphy....So, I had to learn a bit more.
Here's the Hello Handmade valentines, and you can see the folding used (Aren't they stunning?).
So, I started searching the web for more info on folding letters in the regency style. I found a step-by-step info/tutorial entitled Regency Letter Writing from The Jane Austen Centre. The reason for the letter to be folded this way was so that the paper in which the letter was written, could also be the envelope, as this saved money on postage (the recipient payed for the delivery). It was also common for letters to be written in one direction and then continued over the top of the script already written at a 90 degree angle (also to save on postage).
(via Jane Austen's World)
I also found a blog named Jane Austen's World (what can be more lovely than that?). There is a post entitled Letter Writing in Jane Austen's Time that is full of wonderful information. The post is just a taste at the info which can be found on the blog...I can't wait to spend some time with it! Also, note that Emma begins January 24th (Masterpiece Classic on PBS)...eeeeeeeeeeeeem!
If you have any more interesting info about different forms of letter folding, please comment and give some sources; I love history and research!