This large, folk art antique picture frame was handmade in the early twentieth century in a rustic cabin style. The wooden frame is covered with hundreds of tiny pebbles topped with various size chunks of petrified wood. Even the "supports" on each side of the frame are pieces of petrified wood. Three seashells on the base add to the nature theme. Created by a visionary craftsman or craftswoman, it's reminiscent of the rockwork gardens and grottoes that were popular at the turn of the twentieth century, built by artists using the materials they had at hand to express themselves and their creativity.
Overall, this frame stands 11 1/2 inches high and is 13 inches wide and 4 inches front to back at the base. It weighs a substantial 4 3/4 pounds. A photograph or picture can be added from a slot on the back. The actual glassed sight area is 4 1/2 inches wide and 6 1/2 inches high; the back opening will accommodate up to a 5x7 picture. (The photos of an American Indian chieftain and Annie Oakley are just copies we made for display.) Behind the glass is a sheet of birch bark for backing. The frame is in amazing condition, with all the rocks, shells and pebbles firmly attached, the glass in fine condition and the wooden frame tightly joined and undamaged. The bottom of the base is covered in yellow felt to protect surfaces.
This is a one of a kind piece of folk art and a fabulous frame for a treasured photograph.