This beautiful little picture frame is completely hand made and most probably one of a kind, since there are no manufacture's marks to be found. Like a few others that I have listed from the same collection, it appears to be the result of a school craft project, which were quite popular during the late 1800's and early 1900's. The design for the frame was first drawn out on a thin sheet of brass, and then was carefully incised by using special hand tools; this process is known as "hand hammered". The back of the frame which holds the photograph was then soldered onto the back side of the decorative frame, and then the stand was similarly attached to it. Finally, a gilt finish was applied; all together it was a very time consuming process which is seldom seen in today's age of technology! The overall frame measures 5 1/4" by 4 1/4" while the inner frame for the picture is 3 1/4" by 2 1/4". In near mint condition, this is really a very special frame for that very special portrait!