Thank you for the welcome Tom! First of all I am in Northern CA not too far from the Oregon border, kinda halfway between the border and San Francisco on the Coast. Appreciate the offer of help. I own and operate The Blue Ox. My specialties include lamps of all kinds, sewing machines and other mechanical oddities, and Arts and Crafts era furniture and farm equipment and tools including tractors. I'm an antiques dealer, auctioneer and handle estate sales. I do repairs on lamps and antique furniture including upholstery. I've been in the antique business on and off since 1965. Best regards!
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Tom, thanks for the help with the portrait. Yes, Changs does have the best Chinese food that I have had in the NW. The portrait looks like it is a print not a painting. There does not seem to be any identification of any type on it although I have not removed it from the frame to see if there is anything on the bottom under the mat or on the back. The mirror front when folded up is the American Indian portrait. The frame is very ornate brass. The portrait seems to be cardboard paper covered with some type of a glossy protective plastic finish. There are no visible identifying marks on it either....frustrating. It would be fun to take them both to Antique Roadshow.
Wow Tom, thanks for the reference but I'm at a loss myself. AM asked me about that a week, or so, ago. All I could think to tell her was to contact the US embassy for information. I know... that was kind of a cop out, but I didn't want to tell her the wrong thing. Customs is tighter than ever these days.