Photos are not to scale, but some photos with a ruler: Here



It seems from the National Portrait Gallery database of British Framemakers 1610-1950 that a carving, gilding, and frame making business was trading at this address '18 Silver Street, Golden Square, London' from 1801 to 1883 although the name/names were Jordan & Evans (to 1825) and then William Evans, and later William & Phillip Evans. I wonder if this frame is earlier that 1801 as it is a very good quality fully carved example. I can't find any reference to this name, and I am not entirely sure of the spelling. Bron - any ideas? Pellerin?

William Young

R. Crook's




The latest example of a Boots label, very small (3/4" x 1 1/4") and in poor condition due to be covered over with clear tape, but interesting label diversity and development:

Another example of a Boots label below, sent to us by email, and posted on 28th February 2014:

The two identical labels below which were originally posted on 18th September 2013

A third example of a Boots label, with a photo of the fluted frame it is on.

Second label originally posted 16th August 2012

The example of a Boots label above is possibly 1950's/60's, a much earlier label with more info is below:

First label below originally posted 14th August 2012

Boots is a nationwide chemist and pharmacist in the UK, and offered a picture framing service from 1894 to 1963 or later. In 1894 the business advertised its self as 'Printsellers, Carvers and Gilders, Picture Frame Manufacturers, Artists' Colourmen' selling 'English Gold Frames of the Highest Quality'.
The source of this and additional information on Boots, can be found on the National Portrait Gallery website: British Framemakers & British Artists's Suppliers.


R. Dolman & Son

Early 20th Century Lely style frame (style originated in 17th C)

J. Davey & Sons

Another example of this company, kindly sent to us by email:

Examples below posted on 13th November 2013


Joe Korber, update, 7-1-14

Another, much simpler Joe Korber frame, courtesy of Dave Champagne.

Dave informs us that the address is now a high rise of some sort. The frame at the bottom intrigues me a lot, with a finish, that I believe is very specific to a period during WWI. It is, also, an unusual design. I'm adding photographer label to this, on scanty info, but ....  Posted 7-1-14

Emma K. Bennett Noble, American, 1858-1941

The photo of the painting and the bottom label, courtesy of: Alison Brand Oehler 
Concept Art Gallery,
The frame is quite interesting, but the interwebs has nothing on Joe Korber other than what I and Concept Gallery have posted.

J. O. Braa's Art Store


Arthur Tooth & Sons, Ltd.

Aitken Dott & Son

Another example of an Aitken Dott label, this one has a large blank area (image cropped) above the printed text, for details about the painting, artist, and owner etc. 

Example below originally posted on 4th August 2012

This Scottish framing company, based in Edinburgh, was established in 1842 and traded under a number of names and from numerous addresses. The business was under this name from 1880 to 1984, and from this address between 1874 to 1982. Detailed information on the company history can be found on the National Portrait Gallery, British picture framemakers 1630-1950 resource.