Carved folk art frame with nautical motif, American, circa 1880.  Inside the frame is a brown stain pine thick panel with deep raised carvings. There are a pair of oval frames, each with a carved ring.  The rings are connected by three delicately carved chainlinks which connect on opposite sides to an open ring from a raised carved anchor.  Below the anchor is a raised carved arrow, above a raised carved heart.  At each of the upper corners is a well detailed deep relief carving of an oak leaf and at the lower corners a deep relief carved acorn.  The frame is rectangular and has a raised panel that is recessed approximately 1/2 inch from the outer perimeter and 1 inch from the inner perimeter. The raised panel has an incised cross-hatched pattern that is executed in great precision.  The inner molding is very deep and has a bullnosed edge. (FA-788) 


Condition:  There is a small loss to one of the carved chain links.  There are a few scattered age cracks, however the frame is in generally excellent condition with an old crackle surface. 
Note:  There are two recently produced photographs of paintings inserted temporarily to fill the oval openings in the frame. 
Dimensions:  Height 21 inches; Width 25 5/8 inches; Depth 3 5/8 inches.