Such a gorgeous old "cabinet card" photo frame, French in origin and in a dore bronze cast with perhaps tin back that allows the back-painted glass & your photo to slip down into the pocket between front and back. The glass has been painted to look like tortoise shell - nicely mottled and rich browns. Photos show both, and also how the patterned glass looks when in the frame. Rare to find this one with its eglomise (back-painted) glass still fully intact. Clean and ready for you to insert your photo, this one would have originally been made in about 1870, when the larger "cabinet card" photos were popular. The aperture and overall frame dimensions are noted on our photos, but it is just a hair under 10" tall and 6 7/8" widest.
Very good condition for age and type. The only issue is that it's obvious at one time it had an attached easel back (see 2 holes in the backside photos), and the stand is no longer with the frame. One need only run a wire or string through the 2 and create a hanging loop, though, for a fabulous wall frame. Or if you're handy like Rick, you can construct one that will work, but Rick's got a little time off and I want to get it listed. It's sitting here and I'm so tempted to add a photo and hang it with my frames filled with family. Hurry, buy it so I won't. I'm supposed to be downsizing.
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