1890's Hand-Painted "Paris Green" Promotional Picture Frame from Jewelry Store in Donald, B.C. W. Alexander, Jeweller.
1890's Hand-Painted "Paris Green" Promotional Picture Frame from Jewelry Store in Donald, B.C.

1890's Hand-Painted "Paris Green" Promotional Picture Frame from Jewelry Store in Donald, B.C.

Donald, B.C. W. Alexander, Jewller, c. 1890. A circa 1890's hand-painted "Paris Green" promotional picture frame from a jewelry store operating in Donald, BC. A newspaper ad placed by Alexander's jewelry store can be found on p. 3 of the Saturday, June 23, 1894 newspaper "The Golden Era" from Golden, B.C. The front of the frame has "Compliments Of W. Alexander. Jeweller. Donald. B.C." printed in black ink using a "Fancy Style" of penmanship that was popular in the day. Frame is made from some type of early opaque plastic material, similar to celluloid film, and measures 8-1/8 inches tall x 6-3/8 inches wide to edges of decoratively trimmed borders with a spray of flowers painted in the upper right corner. Two of the four original brass studs which attach the heavy card backing are missing - likely extracted to enable removal of the original photo - and are not present. Frame has minor soil and two small cracks at top edge, heavy card backer has a dog ear crease and lacks the bottom one inch. Very Good. Item #3750

It is important to note the color - which we believe to be "Paris Green" - and that it likely contains arsenic. It is currently in a mylar bag, making it safe to handle w/o gloves, if indeed it does contain arsenic. An intriguing, ephemeral and historical promotional survivor.

Price: $100.00 CAD  other currencies