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March 2020: Hello Dolly!

March 2020: Hello Dolly!

 

This was a surprise birthday gift for a customer's wife who is a huge Dolly Parton fan - it's her favorite Dolly photo!

The photo was in a concert tour program which was very glossy (and we didn't want to take apart a signed tour program), so we scanned it and made an archival print. We framed the print with a double mat and dark bronzed wood frame with a decorative fillet to compliment the dark sepia tones of the photo. It was finished with museum glass to protect this new treasured memento.

 

February 2020: Antique English Watch Sampler

February 2020: Antique English Watch Sampler

 

A local antique dealer frequently brings us the most interesting things to frame. Recently he brought in this rare linen English pocket watch sampler with its watch paper, and a sweet circular frame he'd found that was a perfect fit for this tiny piece. We carefully conservation mounted the sampler to a mat with two little stitches, fit the frame with museum glass, and preserved the watch paper in mylar and attached it to back of the frame. (1" caramel for scale)

Our customer explained: One of the most elusive of all 19th century needlework pieces are Watch Samplers, small, round stitched mementos, usually made by a wife or daughter to be kept inside the case of a gentleman’s pocket watch. They are usually between 1 ¾” and 2 ¼” in diameter and sometimes have simple decorations, sometimes initials and on rare occasions, a full name or motto (“Jesus Wept” was a favorite — the shortest verse in the Bible), or a date. As you can well imagine, very few have survived. When I got this watch sampler, it came with a watch paper with hard-to-decipher writing (dated 1847) on the back. Watch papers were kept inside a pocket watch to protect the glass. Most were advertisements for a watch maker.

 

January 2020: Another great year!

Framing projects 2019

 

Another year of framing amazing and interesting things, and with love, as always

Check out some of the amazing framing projects we've done over the past year!