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R. Blackington Sterling & Guilloche Enamel Photo Frame
This circa 1925 oval frame is just delightful. It's base composition is sterling. The sterling is in excellent plus condition with no rips, holes, dents or repairs. That gold tone you see by the ball feet in photo # 4 is reflection NOT solder repair. If you lightly run your fingers over the plain sterling side rims you can feel that normal, occasional, faint unevenness to surface from pressure due to cleaning & holding frame while reinserting backside. The frame has a 5/32" rim of white guilloche enamel that has been hand enameled with a floral motif. It is in excellent plus condition with expected, normal firing pits & the occasional, normal, minute surface bite or scratch due to usage/age. The outer most rim is 3/32" wide & has shallow pattern indentations in the sterling in the shape of leaves that were then filled with green enamel. This section is in excellent minus condition. I found one set of leaves that is missing it's enamel & a few leaves that have surface bites. Please keep in mind each SET of leaves is just a hair over 1/32" big!!!!! Just wonderful delicate work. The easel style backside is covered in a suede like fabric. I am not sure if it is original or a long ago replacement. It has no rips or holes. But it does show some soiling & loss of nap at side rims. The bottom side rim between those cute ball feet has the marks. They are the hallmark for R. Blackington & Co. - Sterling - 5344 (frames model number). The frame stands 5 5/8" tall x 3 15/16" at widest point. The photo area measures 4 7/8" tall x approx 3 1/4" wide. If you love the frame but your photo does not fit-don't worry. You can take your photo to any good copy/photo store & they can make you a quality copy for your antique frame.
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