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Civil War Pirate Ship

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Civil War Pirate Ship

You are viewing an original 1861 illustration of a Civil War Pirate Ship.  It is from an 1861 edition of Harper's Weekly, the most popular illustrated newspaper of the day.  Note that this is not a reprint, and I absolutely guarantee its authenticity.  This leaf is over 140 years old, and the date is clearly marked on the front of print. On the day this leaf was printed, Abraham Lincoln was president of the United States,  and the Civil War was in its opening chapter! 

Pirate Ship

This is a fascinating and highly collectible illustration.  It presents a spectacular view of a Civil War Pirate ship. Several dozen Pirates are pictured on the deck of the ship, and believe me, this is an unsavory lot of characters! Many of the men are pictured sprawled out on the deck of the ship in a drunken stupor.  One man is shown on a barrel playing a fiddle.  Another character is crawling up onto the deck of the ship with a large knife in his mouth.  Each man is shown armed to the teeth. The ship is pictured pulling up to another ship, undoubtedly to attack and plunder.  This is one of the most unusual Illustrations to come out of the Civil War era Harper's Weeklies, and one you will not want to miss.

This piece is a rare and highly collectible illustration.  It will make a stunning display when framed and placed in your office or study.  It will become the center of attention wherever it is displayed.  It will be cherished not only by its new owner, but by generations to come.  What other purchase that you make this year will have such enduring value?

 Unlike newsprint of this century, these older, original pages do not yellow and fall apart.  The reason is that modern newspapers use an acid based process.   Remnant acid in the paper causes the paper to quickly yellow and deteriorate.   A different process was used in the mid-1800's which yielded an exceptional quality paper that will last for centuries. Special acid free mats should be used when you frame this piece to ensure that it will last another 150 years.  Acid free mats are available at most better frame shops.  If you have any questions related to handling or framing this piece feel free to email me. The print is approximately 11x16  inches.  I have been collecting Civil War Newspapers for over 10 years.  It is a fascinating hobby, and I find that these pieces really get noticed when framed and displayed.

The leaf is in  good condition. It has the rich sepia toning that you expect in original material from this period. There are some spots of foxing, which can be seen in the picture above. There are finger smudges in the margins from folks handling the leaf over the last 130 years.  Several very small margin tears have been professionally mended from the back side. The print will display very nicely.

I have an extensive collection of Original Civil War Artwork.  Please email me with your special requests.  We are here to Serve You!

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