Hand-carved in the United States in the early 20th century, the focal point of this double picture frame is the stylized naval insignia.
Both glass frames, which fit 6 x 4 photos, currently contain a pair of near antique black and white postcards (they are included). The frame on the left has a print of a circa 1930 George Harris photograph of the USS Constitution, aka “Old Ironsides”. The frame on the right has a lithograph of a full rigged windjammer (commercial sailing boat) that was originally printed in the early 1900’s.
The two frames are positioned splayed outward so that the bottom of the frames meet in one point. Both frames are adorned with leaves and rectangular borders with diapered background. The outside bottom corners are each conical volute scrolls with fluted embellishments.
At the top of the frames, a large eagle is presented displayed, wings elevated (wings spread wide with the tips pointing upward). The eagle is perched upon a shaped shield with stars and stripes, in the style of an early American flag. Two spek anchors with intertwined braided rope cross each other behind the escutcheon. This large central motif is a loose interpretation of the emblem of the United States Navy, as by law, the official emblem cannot be used by anyone outside of the Navy. This unique and well-executed American carving is perfect for any collector.
CONDITION: Good antique condition with fleabites to wood. Small age separation with old repairs visible.