This is an impressive and highly displayable
illustration. The image is captioned, "Wilson's Zouaves in the Ditch and
Covered Way on the Land Front of Fort Pickens". The illustration shows
a nice view of the interior of Ft. Pickens. You can see soldiers
performing their duties, and several large pieces of artillery. The
period US flag is flying proudly above the fort. A number of soldiers
are pictured on picket duty on the top of the wall, and Naval vessels
can be seen in the background.
This is a rare and interesting leaf. It will make a
dramatic display when framed and placed in your office or study. I
don't know when I will be able to offer another Florida piece with this
interesting content, so don't miss this one.
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
several areas of light foxing, and the margins have finger smudges from
folks handling it over the last 140 years.