A lovely Edwardian Arts & Crafts planished silver photograph frame by A&J Zimmerman 1909. The frame has a rectangular aperture within a broad rectangular planished or hammered-finish frame with moulded detail to outer edge. Blue velvet covered back-board and easel support with watered silk lining behind its glass. The support is set on the diagonal, allowing the frame to be displayed in either portrait or landscape aspects. Retaining swivel clips locating its back-board. Clear hallmarks for the Birmingham Assay Office 1909 and makers A & J Zimmerman Ltd. External dimensions are 17 cm by 12.5 cm. The aperture measures 13 cm by 8.5 cm.
A&J Zimmerman was founded in 1879 by Arthur S. Zimmerman and John Ulrich Zimmerman. They had their workshops located in both Birmingham and London as well as a London Showroom through which they sold their silverware. The company was registered as a limited company in 1902 but by 1930 had gone into voluntary liquidation. Little information survives of the history of the firm of A&J Zimmerman, however the lasting nature of so many of their items of silverware speaks to the quality and craftsmanship of their pieces.
Arts & Crafts Planished Silver Photograph Frame by A&J Zimmerman 1909
The silver frame is in excellent condition commensurate with age. Its back-board and support leg have been re-covered in blue velvet. Hinged support and retaining clips are in excellent working order. Watered silk slightly discoloured with age. Please see images as these form an important part of the description.