A wonderful and rare Civil War print published by Currier and Ives in 1864. This hand colored print is titled "THE U.S. SLOOP OF WAR "KEARSARGE" 7 GUNS, SINKING THE PIRATE "ALABAMA" 8 GUNS,Off Cherbourg France, Sunday June 19th 1864." It goes on to say "The "Alabama" was built in a British Ship-yard, by British workmen, with British Oak, armed with British Guns, manned with British Sailors, trained in the British Navy, and was sunk in the British channel, in 80 minutes by the Yankee Sloop of War "Kearsarge" Capt John A Winslow." It sounds to me like the Yankees were a bit unhappy with the British over this ship! The CSS Alabama was captained by Raphael Semmes, a Marylander who left the Union Navy to fight for the South. In its two year career it sank 65 Union merchant and naval ships! The North was glad to see it gone, but to call it a Pirate ship, I think, is a bit of a stretch.
This rare 150 year old print does have some condition issues as seen in my pictures. There are several tears that have been reinforced with tape from the back. The first picture shows the print out of its frame, but the matting has been erased from the picture by Ruby Lane's advanced image processing. Consequently, what you are seeing is not the true edge of the print. I had intended to show it with its matting in this picture. The fourth picture shows the back of the print against the mat, where one can see the tape and some staining that has also occurred. I do not believe the margin has been cut down, but it is obviously a bit rough. Its present frame appears to be from the second half of the 20th Century and is in good condition. The print measures approximately 13 inches by 9 1/2 inches (sight). The frame measures 18 1/2 by 14 1/2 inches.
This is a great piece for the collector of Civil War or Nautical History items.
Currier and Ives Civil War Print: The U.S. Sloop of War "Kearsarge" 7 Guns, Sinking the Pirate "Alabama" 8 Guns