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This early closing picture frame (union case) is made from an early plastic-type material.

Here is a link to an article I found particularly helpful regarding this type of picture frame:


This particular vintage frame surrounds gold interior mats and the portraits of the man and woman are under glass. I believe the man is a daguerreotype. The woman’s portrait, I believe, may be a small painting, perhaps watercolor. Her eyes are blue, her hair is brown and her eyes are blue. The dress is gray/black and she has a double red flower in her hair. I cannot get magnification enough to be sure of the medium used.

Condition: Excellent. Both the front and back match. Hinges and latch are intact. Hinges appear to be brass. Latch does not close completely. There are no nicks, fading or scratches in the plastic. A few areas of wear or discoloration on the interior and exterior gold matting on the man’s portrait. The mat on the woman’s portrait is more ornate and brighter. Could this have been a later addition? Young man is dressed in a suit and the young woman appears to be dressed in period, 1860s clothing. The gold exterior mat on the woman’s side shows a small area at the top left where it seems there may be a bit of the framing (gold) has come off. Please look closely before purchasing.

Measurements (case): 2.5” (6.5 cm) x 3” (7.5 cm)

Please convo me with questions or if you are purchasing multiple items so I can adjust and/or combine shipping.

Thermoplastic Union Case, Photos, Antique Photography, Antique Picture Frame, Daguerreotype, Watercolor, Man, Woman Portraits, 1860s


  • Vintage item from the 1800s
  • Materials: thermoplastic, plastic, watercolor, paint, gold, black plastic, daugerreotype, tintype, early photo
  • Ships worldwide from United States
  • Feedback: 239 reviews
  • Favorited by: 9 people