This most impressive military motif frame dates ca. 1860s-80s. On a sheet of brass fancy cut work has produced the outlines of shields, swords and wreaths. The brass was further stamped and hand chased in intricate detail especially the crossed flintlock pistols and balls on the shields. Attached to this background is an oval compartment ringed with beading and with a central applied crest with crossed swords decorated with blues and black enamel. The front has two hinged doors which open to display a photograph under glass. To change the photograph, one must unscrew the two hand made wing nuts on the back which removes the oval frame. An easel style leg is hinged on the back allowing the frame to sit on a surface.
The leg is hallmarked on the inside: ANTON BOEHM IN WIEN (Vienna). Dimensions are 6" high and 5" across. Weight is 7 ounces.
Open or closed, this frame is a work of beauty, especially the intense two blue enamel colors. Condition is quite good, just some minute enamel loss.
Item ID: Chased Brass Easel Frame
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