Antique, embossed design mat used by photography studios; late 1800s - early 1900s; mat is stamped Davis Studio, 321 Altman Bldg., Kansas City, MO.
Total size (closed): 3 1/2" x 5".
More about my 2017 valentine collection:
These one-of-a-kind pieces are inspired by valentines of the 18th and 19th centuries. All have been made from parchment papers that I have stained, aged, painted with watercolors, and/or printed with copies of 18th century indentured servant letters. The embossed, foil papers are from my vintage & antique card and envelope collection. A few pieces incorporate snippets of old letters or envelopes. I have hand-cut each piece so no two are alike.
Each token of love is displayed in
antique velvet frames...
or antique, embossed photo mats...
or on vintage stamped postcards.