As part of its 50th anniversary, the Maine Maritime Museum in Bath, Maine, is showcasing 150 of the most iconic, historic and beautiful objects in its extensive collection of maritime artifacts. The exhibit, Full Ahead at 50, will be on view through May 26, 2013. An exhibit catalog titled Maine & the Sea shows and tells the story behind each of the objects. Additional information about the exhibit and the catalog are available at the Museum’s website by CLICKING HERE.

This unusual pinecone-decorated photo frame, containing 16 ambrotypes and tintypes of Harpswell, Maine, captains and their families, is attributed to Mary Jane Curtis Merriman, wife of Captain Shubael Merriman.

The names of those persons in the images are identified on the back of the frame. The images are of Mrs. Merriman’s husband, 8 of her children and 4 of her siblings (3 brothers, 1 sister) along with 2 of their spouses and 1 of their children. As Mrs. Merriman is not one of the images, only those persons most dear to her, she is the most likely creator.

The item was purchased at an antiques show in Portland in 1990 by Maine Maritime Museum founding member and now Trustee Emeritus Charles E. Burden, MD.

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