Do you provide matting and framing services for documents you sell?
Some collectors choose to have letters and documents matted and framed with images. This certainly adds to aesthetic interest in display format. Please bear in mind, however, that photography as we know it was not introduced until around 1837 with the Daguerreotype. Occasionally, it is possible to obtain original steel engravings to pair with letters and documents and, even more rare, reprints of original oil paintings. Many paintings of the 16th-20th century, held in museums or national archives, are protected by copyright. Others require the payment of a fee for one-time digital use. Thus, it is not always possible to pair letters and documents with images of cardinals and popes of the early 1500’s as they may not be readily available or obtaining same could be cost-prohibitive to the collector.