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Carved Shanghai China Cruise Commemorative Frame w/ Eagle and Flag
We are offering a hand made and carved wooden frame that was most likely done by a sailor to commemorate a cruise to Shanghai, China. It is difficult to determine the age of this frame but based on the carving it is probably prior to World War II and might precede World War I. The frame is 11.5 inches long and 7.75 inches wide. It will accommodate a picture that is 3.5 inches by 5.25 inches with the viewing area being about 3.875 inches by 2.5 inches. It is beautifully carved with great depth and detail. On the crest there is a wonderful eagle with spread wings that is carved in the style of John Bellamy. (Look closely at the photos to see how nice this eagle is.) An anchor extends through the piece and the center of the frame is a life preserver. There are two flags carved and painted on either side of the central viewing area. One of the flags in the flag of the United States while the other flag is the Jack of the United States. (The Jack was flown by both the U.S. Navy and by the U.S. merchant vessels.) Lettering on the top and bottom of the life preserver says “Shanghai” and “China”. The subtle accents of color along with the applied varnish finish create a very finished look. The visual statement that the frame makes is wonderful. It is a great statement of American pride done by an American sailor and is beautifully executed. It comes with a piece of glass for the frame along with a hanging wire. The condition is outstanding with only minimal wear from age. You will love to have this piece hanging in your study displaying a photo of your favorite sailor.
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