This old frame looks like it's made of carved wood but is actually made of a composition material referred to as Syroco. The material used is a combination of a wood compound and casting fluids that were poured into molds. It was first used by the Syracuse Ornamental Company which later became Syroco, Inc. although other companies also used the process to create decorative pieces. The corners of the frame have a shield and crossed, draped flags with a distinct military feel and five-point stars are on the surround which has other detailing. The raised detail has light, gold highlights. The back is cardboard with an easel attachment. The top edge of the cardboard has an open slot but the other three sides are firmly attached to the frame. The slot allowed a picture to be inserted into the opening. It doesn’t appear that there was ever any glass or other protection over the front of the photo. Besides the easel there is a tab with an eyelet on the long edge so it could be hung by a nail on the wall. This has no label or markings but the cardboard easel is stamped Pat.Pending. This would be ideal for displaying a uniformed veteran in a distinctive way.
It measures about 5 1/8” wide by 7” high. The inside display area measures about 2 7/8" wide by 4 5/8". It is in nice condition with minor wear to the finish. At the top of the short end there was another tab for hanging the frame but it’s been torn off.
The pictures are not shown at actual size. Please refer to the description for actual measurements.
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Vintage Picture Frame - Syroco Looks Like Carved Wood with Patriotic Theme