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


Bourlet & Sons.

I am not sure if this label relates to the picture frame making or the packing/shipping side of the Bourlet business. Another Bourlet label is here.


George McKern & Sons, Ltd.

I think they were mainly a publishers and printers, possibly trading from around 1850 to 1950's?


From Les Skinner,

Midwest Portrait Studios

From Les Skinner,

Midwest Portrait Studios, could be Benjamin Gifford, photographer, more here.

Chr. Wilger

Kolding is a Danish city. From German: Glarmester: Glass master ?, glazier. Kunsthandel: Art Galleries?

From Blogger Eolake Stobblehouse, , born in Denmark.

“Kunsthandel” is art dealer in Danish. Not a gallery, more like a shop with tons of paintings and frame. 
“Glarmester” means one who installs windows. (“Glar…” glazing.) 
So they probably do framing too. “Kunst” is art, both in German and Danish. And “handel” is store or dealing in Danish, I think in German too."

From Les Skinner,

John Ulmer

This was in my email this morning, from Les Skinner at Tudor Glass, Adelaide, Australia. I have no comment. 8-)

The original photo was posted on the Picture Framers Grumble by Framar.


George Searle & Son.

The great label in this post was supplied by John Turner of Angmering Framing & Stitches, West Sussex, England. I can't find any additional information on the company, although the 1901 census shows that George Searle aged 48, his wife Mary Searle aged 50, their son Bertie G H Searle aged 21, and house worker Mary J Delve aged 18, all lived at this address in 1901. Although strangely the professions of both men were listed as 'Painter and House Decorator'. If any more history can be supplied we can update this post.


W.A. Smith

William Augustus Smith was a framemaker in London and traded under this name from 1871 to 1888, he also had a business in Nottingham. He made frames for artists, such as G.F. Watts, Holman Hunt, Lord Leighton, and John Singer Sargent. More information on the company and its history on the National Portrait Gallery website, directory of British picture framemakers 1630-1950 resource.

Polak Bros

Polak Bros were based in London from 1875 to 1880, and traded from this address; 17 Rathbone Place, Oxford Street between 1876-1879. The business was run by James and Isaac Polak, who both came from Belgium. Some extra details on them, and several other possibly connected framemakers called Polak who traded in London around the same time, can be found on the National Portrait Gallery, British picture framemakers 1630-1950 resource. The frame is classic example of a Victorian heavily compo ornamented cove.


From a catalogue

These are the end pages from an exhibition catalogue, "Designs for English Picture Frames", written by Pippa Mason for Arnold Wiggins and Sons Ltd.