Scams in the Art and Framing World

Being involved in the art and framing industry for almost 30 years, you learn what lengths businesses go through to get people to buy their product or service.  This can amount to false promotions and discounts to alluring the unsuspected customer in an exciting atmosphere to part with their money on worthless goods.  Whatever the Read the full article…

High Quality Prints of Historical Photos of Washington, D.C.

  Recently, I picked up a collection of very high quality reproductions of photographs of people and period vehicles by Washington D.C. landmarks such as the Lincoln Memorial and U.S. Capitol.  These prints measure a nice displayable 14″ x 17″ and are printed on sturdy acid free paper.  These images will maintain their crispness and Read the full article…

Use Caution when Trusting any Company to Frame Your Important Artwork

As I have mentioned time and time again, most frame shops and framing companies use minimal grade materials and techniques when framing your artwork, diplomas and other important items.  One would figure if you are going to spend any money framing an item, you would want it done correctly. After all, if you want to Read the full article…

Buyer Beware when Purchasing Artwork that’s been FRAMED!

Just the other day, a woman called me about selling the famous rare large civil war era antique map Arnold’s  “City of  Washington (DC)”.   She purchased the map several years ago from a relatively new gallery in Washington D.C.  Interested in seeing it, I immediately asked if she can bring it over  to my Read the full article…

1805 Letter Signed by Napoleon as Emperor referencing Lord Horatio Nelson and other key military content, RARE this nice

…Admiral Nelson was in the Straits of Messina…   Rare Incredible Manuscript Letter Signed “Napoleon” in French, 1 1/4 pages recto and verso, 4to, Chateau De Stupini, near Turin (Italy), 3 Floreal, An 13 (April 23, 1805).   An important war date letter, informing Admiral Ganteaume of Vice Admiral Villeneuve’s departure in pursuit of the Read the full article…

Your Artwork Needs Better Framing than Your Average Store

Over the Years, I have seen maps, prints, historical autographs and documents as well as beautiful artwork get damaged from inexperienced framers who use generic, substandard quality materials.  Colors, inks and vibrancy of content are harmed by not being properly cared or treated when framed.  In most cases, these negative effects cannot be restored.  Value, Read the full article…

1590 John White/Theodore De Bry Map Americae pars, Nunc Virginia dicta (Frankfurt, Germany), Fine Example

   This is the first printed map showing Virginia and the Carolinas and printed right after the Lost Colony of Roanoke Island in 1590.     This example is fully original with no repairs or any form of restoration.  All margins are fully original and broad.  Nothing has been added except 2 minor verso hinges Read the full article…

1612 John Smith Virginia Map – Discovered and Discribed by Captaiynt John Smith . . . 1606

John Smith 1612 Virginia Map of Incredible Rarity, especially with complete original margins as this example shows An inc map where the likeness is displayed in many historical parks, public museums and societies.  Few of the many prominent museums, library collections and well established universities own an original, genuine copy.  As Philip Burden, a map Read the full article…

Collecting Historical Documents and Autographs Provides Something other Collectibles can’t Provide

When you hold a document signed by an important historical person, like George Washington or Abraham Lincoln, you are touching something they not only touched themselves, but also affixed their name to that sheet of paper (or vellum).  Also, imagine what they were thinking when they signed it. It gives you goosebumps just thinking about Read the full article…

1683 William Penn Signed Document while in Philadelphia During the Time with Treaty with Natives – RARE

Rare 1683 Land Grant Document signed by William Penn while in Philadelphia! This letter was signed during his famous Treaty with the Indians, the famous scene depicting Penn and the Native Americans done by Benjamin West. This document is headed at the top “William Penn Proprietary Governor of the Province of Pennsilvania (sp) and Territories Read the full article…