Custom Framing, Prints, and Originals

Bangor Frame Works

175 Exchange Street
Bangor, ME 04401
Phone: 207-947-7777

Unusual projects

Framing Antique World MapIn 1999, Bangor Frameworks had the opportunity to frame a rare 1794 Antique World Explorer Map, 56 x 47 inches. The antique map was installed into the hull of a "Cantalupi Yacht" custom made in New Zealand.

This framing project actually involved three frames. The first inside frame framed the map with conservation glass and materials. The map itself was hinged to an acid free backboard for expansion and contraction of paper, which inevitably occurs as a result of changes in humidity levels on a yacht.

The second frame, was wrapped with suede cloth designed by Lucas-Stefura Interiors of Boston, Massachusetts on color and wood finishes. The top frame tied everything together protected with plexi glass.

Antique World Map

All phases of the framing construction were working closely with the design engineers of the New Zealand boat yard. This was very challenging as the map ended up hanging with its tube rope lighting inside the frame in the galley and dining room on this beautiful yacht half a world away.

Click to view detailed framing plans for this project:

Framing an engraved copy of the Declaration of Independence for the Bangor Museum and Center for History

Declaration of IndependanceThis copy was given to the Bangor Museum in 1914 by a Newburgh, Maine woman (Jennette S. Rogers) who collected first-edition books, photographs, and periodicals.

W.I. Stone, using a stylus and chisel, copied the entire Declaration, including original corrections and the signatures, onto a copper plate. He had to copy it in reverse, and it took him three years. This print is one of 31 or 32 known vellum copies of the 201 examples originally produced; this edition is the most famous and important facsimile of the Declaration and exceedingly rare. The Stone document is the only accurate facsimile, and is the basis for all later reproductions. The very poor condition of the original document, due to later deterioration and poor restoration, renders this the most accurate indication of the original appearance of the Declaration as signed by our founding fathers. Two hundred copies were printed and distributed as follows:

  • A printer's copy
  • Two copies to each of the surviving Signers (Jefferson, Adams, and Carroll)
  • Two copies to President Monroe
  • Two copies to Vice President Thompkins
  • Two copies to former President Madison
  • Two copies to the Marquis de Lafayette
  • Twenty copies to the two houses of Congress
  • Twelve copies to the different departments of Government
  • Two copies to the President's house
  • Two copies to the Supreme Court Room
  • One copy to each of the Governors of the States
  • One copy to each Territorial Governor
  • One copy to the Council of each Territory
  • The remaining copies to the different universities and colleges of the United States, "as the President may direct"

Declaration of Independance being framed

These copies were ordered by Secretary of State John Quincy Adams in 1820, but were not printed until 1823.

Sports Memorabilia

Sports memorabilia, Ribbons from athletic events....