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Identify Your Portrait Miniature

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The frame or case for a portrait miniature is just as unique as the miniature itself. The case provides vital protection for the miniature from the damaging environment. Each frame is custom designed and created to only fit the miniature it is designed for. Through extensive research we have determined the appropriate frame for the period in which the miniature was created. This catalog is an overview of the custom reproduction frames that we offer. It will continue to expand and change to meet the needs of portrait miniature collectors.

1510 - 1720

Portrait Miniatures from 1510-1720
From 1510 - 1720 the style of the miniature frame remained fairly consistent. The frame had a curved lens set in an inner stepped bezel. The frame was half round with a half round hanger and curled tapered ornaments. Typically the finish was 24k gold. (i.e. # 1510 - 101) Around 1620 we notice a slight change in the style, the miniatures tend to be larger hence a larger hanger typically doubled, and the finish trends towards sterling silver. (i.e. #1510 - 102)

1720 - 1775

Portrait Miniatures from 1720-1775
Circa 1720 American artists began painting miniatures and creating their own style of frame. Often though they would copy the English so using frames from the 1510 - 1720 period would be appropriate. A popular style during this period is a curved lens set in a plain bezel with a plain hanger on the back. The hanger is located one of three positions based on the needs of the wearer. The color is typically rose gold.

1775 - 1810

Portrait Miniatures from 1775-1810
During this period you will see the greatest variety in components. The general construction remains consistent with a bezel for the lens, frame (edge) and hanger. The hanger style varies throughout this period, as did the edges, most often seen are knife-edge, half round or millgraine. The color is typically rose gold. Often during this period the back of the frame is another lens to display either hair or fabric.

1810 - 1850

Portrait Miniatures from 1810-1850
Many miniatures in this period, and later on, were not worn but rater hung on the wall. The papier-mache style frames are available with either a plain or patterned border and one of five finials. This frame will have a flat lens and a spacer or metal mat, to keep the miniature from touching the glass. In this style the borders and finials are typically gold in color.

1820 - 1860

Portrait Miniatures from 1820-1860
The miniature frames that were worn during this period were much more ornate than their predecessors. These miniatures were typically framed with a cast floral border. The back may have a lens to display hair or fabric. These frames would typically be gold in color.

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