It's been a long time since a tramp art frame has gotten me this excited. It's a very busy piece . . . a lot going on here. The copper accent paint on top of the black makes it pop. The two four-leaf clovers on the top right and left are painted a dark green lightly tipped in copper. I was told it held a picture commemorating an end to a conflict in South Africa with some men sitting around a table (which I stupidly threw away), so a lot of the decorative elements remind me of spears and bullets, but I may be wrong. At any rate, the old photo has been replaced by one of my Oma (left) holding a freshly picked cucumber in a garden with her friends in West Amana, Iowa. It fits the frame like a glove!
The year 1914 is carved in the center pediment, and the photo I replaced it with is very close to that year as well.
The beautiful carved clasped hands at the bottom of the frame are also a nice fit for my photo, showing the friendship of these women which lasted for the life of my Oma.
I've been looking for over a year, and finally found the perfect shelf for my German wooley sheep. I have a thing for curly maple and tiger maple, and was thrilled that I finally found a reasonably priced curly maple piece, ca. 1850. Also found room for a few German Santa candy containers; the red-coated one is a combination container and nodder.
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