Whimsy Beaded Picture Frame
A crafter created this Beaded Picture Frame Whimsy around 1900. It is a classic example of a Beaded Whimsy tourist souvenir. Native American crafters in the border regions between Canada and the United States at the turn of the 20th century created many of these whimsies for the tourist trade.
This antique whimsy is a very unique shape for a picture frame. The artist chose Clear Seed Beads for most of the raised floral design and on the bottom loops and used gray basket beads. Polished cotton in a reddish color covers the front and silk covers the back and the inside of the pocket. Green fabric covers the edges. In some places you can see the paper used for the design.
This Whimsy came from a previous owner, but it remains in good condition. You will see some bead loss and places where the fabric has torn or worn away. Additionally, one of the hanging loops on the top is broken with some bead loss. This Beaded Whimsy will make an unusual addition to your antique or whimsy collection!
It measures approx. 7″ tall x 6″ wide not including the beaded loops. The picture place measures 3.25″ x 2.25″.
One of a kind!
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