Large 7 x 5 Celtic Picture Frame
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- Suited for 5” x 7” photos, you can frame your favorite pictures in elegant Irish style, whether you keep them displayed on shelves, desks, or console tables
- This frame makes a gorgeous addition to your home decor, and also works as a meaningful gift for holidays or special occasions
- Crafted by the skilled artisans at Mullingar Pewter in Ireland, this polished pewter frame features hand-engraved Celtic patterns
- Mullingar Pewter employs traditional methods in casting, and assembling pieces, and their artisans pay particular attention to the delicate points of hand finishing their products
- Polished pewter is resistant to tarnish, rust, and corrosion (unlike other metals), so it will provide a splendid, shiny display for years to come
Manufacturer: Mullingar Pewter
This stunning picture frame is the perfect piece to accent your favorite memories of friends and family. Cast in polished pewter, it features hand-engraved Irish accents in trinity knot patterns reminiscent of the artwork found in the famous Book of Kells. The frame itself features a highly polished surface (and since it’s pewter, you don’t have to worry about tarnish, rust, or corrosion). It is a piece of art, lovingly handmade by the skilled artisans at Mullingar Pewter, who are trained experts in their craft and hold their work to the highest standards.
Pewter is a metal alloy that has been in use for centuries--you can find examples of it in museums that date back to Ancient Egypt and Rome, and Celtic artwork as well. In the Middle Ages it was used in churches and the homes of the wealthy, and over time it became more readily available, commonly used in taverns and for kitchenware. Now, it is considered a precious metal, and is fourth in line behind platinum, gold, and silver. It is popular among jewelry makers for its versatility and durability.
The history of Irish pewter goes back at least 800 years, with early craftsmen producing items for domestic use (like plates and candlesticks). In the 18th and 19th centuries, with the rising popularity of materials like pottery, porcelain, and glass, pewter’s use declined. It has seen a more recent revival of its former glory (and Mullingar is intrinsic to this revival).
Originally, pewter was made from a blend of lead and tin. Today’s pewter is now lead-free, made from a blend of tin, copper, and antimony, and safe for a variety of everyday uses. Part of what makes pewter a great material for household items is its resistance to tarnishing. While other precious metals, like silver, are subject to tarnish and need constant care and upkeep, pewter is a metal of a different resilience. Polished pewter has a highly reflective surface much like sterling silver, and if it is used for decorative purposes, it will easily retain that highly polished sheen.
In 1974, Mullingar Pewter revived the ancient craft of Irish pewter, thanks to the dedication of Paddy Collins. Paddy’s son Peter now runs the business, and it employs local artisans from the town of Mullingar in County Westmeath. The company employs highly skilled artisans who are specially trained in the old-fashioned casting methods and produce their pieces in the traditional method. The company applies the highest standards of design and quality in every piece they produce, and have received worldwide recognition for their finest grade pewter.
If you’re looking for a beautiful, distinctive way to display your favorite photographs, look no further than this special frame from Mullingar Pewter. It works well as a frame for family portraits or as a gift for special occasions.