This expertly scissor cut, detailed silhouette was done by Kay Orr Walker, who signed and dated it '43. It depicts a bust length portrait of a woman wearing a fancy hat and a bow-tied blouse with cut-out piping. She even has a tiny eyelash visible. Cut from typical black paper, it's set against a creamy ivory paper background 4 5/8 inches in diameter. It's in excellent condition, with no tears or toning or curling. The pretty maple frame is original, measuring 7 inches square and 7/8 inch deep, with an inset circle that has a gilded inner edge. There's a small brass ring, attached to a metal screw eye at the top, that's beaded and finished with a bow, The frame has a few dents in the wood and the dust paper on the back is lightly torn in spots, but it's otherwise intact and in good condition, including the glass.
We have found very little information about Kay Orr Walker. One of her silhouettes, a bust of a man in uniform dated 1944, is in the virtual collection of Profiles of the Past, which focuses on the past 250 years of British silhouettes and their history. We have also seen a listing of one of her silhouettes that states Walker was from Yakima, Washington. We'd love to have some definitive information on this artist!
This framed silhouette portrait displays beautifully. It weighs just 9 ounces, making it easy to hang anywhere, on its own or in an arrangement.
Here is a link to the Profiles of the Past posting of Kay Orr Walker's silhouette: