This miniature portrait is actually made of a carved look "wood product" that is "practically unbreakable" of the poet Edgar Allan Poe who lived from only 1809 to 1849.
The Syracuse Ornamental Company (Syroco) was founded in 1890 specializing in molded wood-pulp products that resembled hand-carving. By the 1930s, they had an extensive line of gift and novelty items such as this framed look portrait.
Other companies followed, producing similar items; some collectors put an extra "c" into syroco and refer to it as syrocco if a company other than Syracuse Ornamental produced it; and others refer to (and spell) these items as scirocco wood . (This is not marked syroco, but that does not mean that it is not. ) It certainly IS a composite product.
Measures: 4 and 1/8" across by 5 and 1/8" top to bottom; this is 1/4" thick. It has a hole in the center top to slip this over a nail to hang it on a wall.
Colors: Antiqued cream and gold, with red background behind him.
Wikipedia describes Poe as an American writer, editor, and literary critic, best known for his poetry and short stories, particularly his tales of mystery and the macabre.
Interestingly, Edgar Allan Poe wrote a short story titled "The Oval Portrait" which involves the disturbing circumstances surrounding a portrait in a chateau. It is one of his shortest stories, filling only two pages in its initial publication in 1842.
Acquired from inside of a cabinet that was stored up in a barn's attic.
This is absolutely sturdy, and in remarkable condition with a bit of wear to the red as you can see in our photos, which, in our opinion, adds to his charm.
October (with All Hallowed Eve coming up) seemed an appropriate time to offer this gentleman. Some associate Goth, the Victorian era and/or steampunk with Poe.