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Antique wood picture frames dating from 1901

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Picture frames entered the realm of fine art collectibles in the s. Old frames previously tossed in the dump heap are now being fought over by dealers from trendy Manhattan art galleries. Vintage frames date from the s into the 20th century. Identifying and dating antique frames is an art form in itself. Check on the back of the antique frame for a maker's mark and date. Many artist-craftsman who made early frames just like violin makers signed and dated their frames.

Also look for labels by the frame companies.

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This will give you the company name and location. The company may still be in existence or you may find the time period they were in operation in old city directories. Look at the artwork that is in the frame such as a vintage print. Hold the magnifying glass over the bottom right and left areas of the print and look carefully for a date.

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