Late 19th century French Frame with Torch Motif cast ornament, retailed by and marked on easel "James McCreery & Co. New York". Measures approximately 5 3/4" X 8 3/4" overall to top of torch; photo area just slightly less than 5" X 7". McCreery was founded in 1869 and was an upscale dry goods store on Broadway & 11th Street in Manhattan. This is a heavy (weighs over one pound with glass, backing papers, etc) quality frame with its original hinge, ring for hanging, and easel. The glass is hand-blown--you can see a "bubble" in it. There is wear [or someone cleaned it improperly] on the Dore (gold-plated) finish, so the frame has a slightly pinkish cast to it--see photos. You raise the hinge and slide in your photo--better quality frames had hinged tops. With its original Dore finish completely intact, this frame would be priced much higher. You can see on the back of the cast (rather than stamped) ornament top what the entire frame once looked like--covered in gold. The "box" that holds the photo and glass is 1/2" deep. Lovely, quality frame from France.
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