MGF, Master Grumble Framer
Apr 28, 2002
Albuquerque, NM
A first for me....

Customer brought in a tintype photo. There was some small crackling inside the area where an oval mat had once been. Otherwise the image was in great shape. The old frame was still in tact, but probably wasn't as old as the 5x6 picture of a Civil War soldier. She just wanted a mat, which we cut. And after letting us oogle over the image, she was on her way.

Has anyone ever framed one? If so, how did you do it?

If you're interested, here's a brief history of the process.

I have framed some tintypes, both with the cases (preservers) and without them. I used non buffered rag with a sink mat and conservation glazing.

Vivan Kistlers The Library of Professional Picture Framing has Framing Photography, by Allan Lamb, CPF, Volume 6. This is a great, easy to read book for identifying different kinds of photographs, how to handle, and how to frame. There are a number of framed examples detailed in the book. Great reference!
Ive never done one, but would have done it the same way,using as much of the original frame and materials as possible.
In the UK, in general, the more an antique is restored in any way whatever, the lower the value.