An example of the desirable original Currier & Ives lithograph print of 1864, "The U.S. Sloop of War 'Kearsarge' 7 Guns, Sinking the Pirate "Alabama" 8 Guns, measuring 9 1/2" by 12 1/2", plus gray 20th century frame about 5/8" wide. There is hand coloring of the blue sea, blue of the flag, and a little yellow and pink hue in the explosion on the foreground ship. The print being over 150 years old has inevitably acquired a number of the faults to which Curriers are prone, including overall darkening of the paper, especially at lower right center in the lettering; a triangular water stain at upper right corner, another at top margin extending slightly into image, and smaller one at lower right corner. Lower right corner is somewhat torn. Also the margins are ragged or barely existent, having been trimmed in the distant past no doubt (this was common with Currier and Ives prints, the owners eager to make the sheet fit a frame they had on hand), and in several areas there is some small edge loss within the image line. The print is not laid down. With all the faults, this remains a work of decorative value for the collector of American marine or maritime history. A fresh mat tight-in to the image area, and a new or better yet, period antique frame, will work wonders. The scene depicts a conflict between the Union and Confederate ships in European waters, off Cherbourg, France, in 1864 at the height of the Civil War.
CURRIER & IVES original 19th century lithograph print "The U.S. Sloop of War Kearsarge 7 Guns...""