Stunning Napoleon III French Dore Bronze Picture Frame
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AGE: C.1895 or so
ITEM: French Empire (Napoleon III) style at its best! Finding a gilt bronze photo frame is had enough, but finding one with practically all the gold shiny and looking "as new" is a feat unto itself. Then, of course, there's always the problem of finding the frame one simply does not possess! Well, here is just such a beauty with a ton of applied curlicues all over the front of the frame. Made in France for Stern Brothers of New York, this frame has its glass, intact tabs and retains it's original back panel with easel.
CONDITION: Excellent! Other than some darkening to the metal on the back plate (which a light polish will take care of, I am sure), there is absolutely nothing wrong with this lovely! I would say that the only problem with this frame is the fit of the easel to the frame is extremely tight when the plate gets 1/2 way up the back. It does make it to the top but as I say, it is a TIGHT fit and does need a bit of oomph! to get it to where it has to go.
METAL CONTENT: Gilt Bronze - Bronze Dore
HALLMARKS: STERN BROS New York FRANCE at the bottom of the back plate.
SIZE: Frame measures 7-1/4" x 4-13/16". Image opening is 5-1/2" x 4".
FINAL COMMENTS: Because of the tight fit, I will ship the frame with the back plate off. That way, a new photo can be inserted and finally, closed.
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