Picture frames entered the realm of fine art collectibles in the s. Old frames previously tossed in the dump heap are now being fought over by dealers from trendy Manhattan art galleries. Vintage frames date from the s into the 20th century. Identifying and dating antique frames is an art form in itself. Check on the back of the antique frame for a maker's mark and date. Many artist-craftsman who made early frames just like violin makers signed and dated their frames.
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Antique Picture Frames
A Wooden bolection frame with fluted gadrooning, 17th century. Hollow as sight, quarter round ovolo with stylized foliage, reverse small, half ovolo with pearl motives, reverse cavetto back. An Italian giltwood moulding frame, wooden century. Slender, cavetto sight, quarter round astragal, hollow, short taenia, quarter round astragal, plain frieze, quarter second top edge. A Spanish limewood acanthus leaf frame, 17th century.
Note that the serial number information below is fragmentary and incomplete, and many bikes have proven to be much newer than the serial numbers would suggest. It appears that Raleigh recycled many of the older serial numbers in later years, so there are lots of bikes from the 60s and 70s that have serial numbers that would suggest much greater age. Most older Sturmey-Archer hubs have two or three-letter model codes, which are usually stamped onto the hub shell.