King Henry VIII Signed Military Document with Wartime Strategies for his First Victory

1513 King Henry VIII Signed Letter,   Military Strategy for his First Victory Letters by King Henry VIII with any Military content are very rare and seldom hit the market   Henry VIII (1491-1547) King of England (1509-47); in 1534, he broke with Rome over Pope Clement VII’s refusal to grant him a divorce from Catherine Read the full article…

Museum Framing Announces a new venture called Gorilla Frames

  Why a New Venture After nearly 30 years of specializing in preservation framing rare and valuable artwork and manuscripts, Rick Badwey felt it was the time to introduce similar frames in an eCommerce business to the public.  With the widespread marketing of frames with sub par materials and craftsmanship at high prices, Rick believed Read the full article…

Why Foamcore and Commonly Used Backing is Bad for Your Framing

Many framing businesses use foamcore in their framing projects.  When I am asked to remove a prior framing job done elsewhere, it is almost always backed with foamcore. On many previous blogs, I continually mention that foamcore is very harmful to artwork.  As you can see in the accompanying photograph, the print was framed with Read the full article…

Incredible Collection of Rare Historical Documents and Autographs

A long time collector of historical autographs and documents has decided to sell his collection after building it up for many years.  The collection spans from the 15th Century to the American Revolution through the Civil War and includes many rare and desirable autographs and letters.  The collection includes documents and letters signed by King Read the full article…

Is Your Art Protected When Being Framed?

Over the past few years, I have seen a proliferation of people entering the framing business who are either not familiar with framing to protect the art and other works on paper, like a historical document or even a diploma.  When a document, print or other work on paper is matted with other than a Read the full article…

You Worked Hard For Your Diploma. Frame It Well.

  Young people spend years achieving their diploma through hard work and study.  In addition to the time spent, many and/or their parents invest a lot of of money assuring a good education and the end result from finishing and graduating with a degree… and a diploma. With so many businesses offering to frame your Read the full article…

The Art and Framing Industry Has Changed…For The Worst

  As a conservation framer, dedicated to preserving and protecting items being framed, it amazes me the sales tactics and false statements some of the “johnny come lately” framing establishments use to drum up sales.  They truly believe that people will accept their claims and advertising, and fall for it.  And, they are right, unfortunately. Read the full article…

Why Collect Historical Autographs?

  Unlike rare coins or fine art, you can collect amazing rare letters and documents signed by prominent historical men and women for a fraction of what you would expect.  For example, a document signed by Abraham Lincoln as President can be had for around $5,000.  Whereas a coin of that same era of similar Read the full article…

If you are going to invest, at least have fun doing it!

  In these uncertain economic times, when oil and stocks are facing shaky times, and you don’t know where to put your money, what do you do?  Put your money in something more challenging and educational! An excellent example is historical autographs and documents.  Historical autographs, unlike their more contemporary counterparts,  specifically sports and entertainment Read the full article…

What REALLY is Museum Quality Framing?

  What is Museum Quality Framing?  Genuine Museum Quality Framing is when the art or artifact being framed is really protected from harm, not only from external factors like lighting, but also from improper materials and/or techniques used in the framing process. In my over 25 years of framing, I have seen artwork and important Read the full article…