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Hi Cindy!Apologies for the delay, Halloween and fall break intervened. Strange having trick or treat on a Monday night, but the warm weather drew outdoors hundreds of neighborhood kids, most I'd never seen before who normally live permanently inside like mushrooms.
This is a very pretty cast iron or cast spelter easel picture frame, in a rococo revival style that has remained so endearingly popular ever since it first appeared in the days of Louis XV (1723 -1774) of France. This frame is late 1800s to early 1900s in date so is well over a hundred years old.
The "NB & IW" stands for the National Brass & Iron Works of Reading, PA founded in 1891 and in existence for only a very short span of years until 1911.
The way to test what metal it is, is to apply a magnet. If strongly magnetic, it's cast iron, if very weakly magnetic, it's brass, if not magnetic at all, it's spelter or pot metal. Actually, the composition of the metal is irrelevant as far as value is concerned, though the ones that are gold gilded are the most sought after.
This version of you frame, for instance, sold on line for $120 which is about the top end for one of these.
I would give yours an auction/eBay value of $80 - $120.
Full retail/replacement/insurance value: $240.
Hope this is helpful!
Now go put a nice picture of yourself in there and stop being so hard on your dear husband's wife (you!) calling her an old hag!
Neither teaching or learning, just co-parenting three teenagers along with my dear missus Carol. In fact, I do a magnificent job allowing her to do 99% of the parenting, I think it's very generous of me. I step in on important matters like US, Russia diplomatic relations and so on.
The Mary Poppins umbrella through the kitchen window made me smile, but what devastation! Aren't you lucky having a handy Dick Van Dyke (aka THumper) to put it all to rights.
You are right, and neither did the kids seem very enthusiastic about my monologue on the collapse of the Venezuelan bolivar ($). I do admit, though, it was a little too sensational for them.
It's my fault, I didn't check the box I'm supposed to do my end.
Keep 'em coming and I'll keep going with the history!
Hope you're a Cubs fan! Even if not, it's a wonder to think that when they last won in 1908, Orville Wright was still pioneering his flying machine. And the first woman ever to fly, Thérèse Peltier, took to the air on July 8, 1908, when she made a flight of 656 feet as a passenger with Léon Delagrange in Milan, Italy. Leave it to the Italian stallions, they have to have their arm candy with them at all times.
Women couldn't vote! You are right.
Funny how the GOP still hasn't got that memo!