This is a really wonderful and quite early twin-opening tramp art picture frame. Surrounding the perimeter are 46 notched and scalloped "tabs", creating a sort of wooden fringe. These delicate extensions are almost never complete on this type of frame, vulnerable as they are to snapping off. Three layers of tongues or lobes alternate with spikey points at each corner and attenuated diamonds are spaced around the pyramided openings. This frame is not a terribly rare form, but one that seldom survives this intact.It was made in the late 19th century, almost certainly in America (European tramp art frames almost always have cloth-covered panels). I have tried to take good pictures but there is some confounding glare from the remnant gloss of its finish. Found, as I recall, in Pennsylvania.
The outer size is 12" x 15". Sight size of the openings is 6 1/4" x 3 15/16". Rabbet size is 6 5/8" x 4 5/16". Made entirely of cigar box wood.The back is plain and has a sawtooth hanger but displays screw-eye holes midway on the vertical lengths for the tilt-forward hanging fashion then popular I don't get it! I can furnish period screw eyes if you want, and also the original glass and cigar box wood backboards. The item "Outstanding Very Early 1800's folk art TRAMP ART Picture Frame Boston Primitive" is in sale since Tuesday, March 2, 2021.
This item is in the category "Antiques\Decorative Arts\Picture Frames". The seller is "musictramp" and is located in Roslindale, Massachusetts. This item can be shipped to United States.