Currier & Ives 3-way Print
Appraised Value: $2,800 - $3,200 (1998)
$4,500 - $5,500 (2012)
IMAGE: 1 of 3
Appraisal Video: (1:36)
Prints & Posters
The Philadelphia Print Shop West
APPRAISER: Oliana and Juanita, you brought us in a wonderful Confederate image. I understand it has an interesting provenance. Can you tell us about it?
GUEST: Actually, both of us belong to the United Daughters of the Confederacy, and we have a small collection. This is part of the collection. We believe that one of the veterans brought it into the collection about the turn of the century.
APPRAISER: I'm a Northern boy myself, and I see lots of wonderful prints, but when this item came up, I nearly gave a rebel yell for you.
APPRAISER: The reason is because it's not just a single print, but it's actually three prints made into a fascinating optical object. And if we turn the print slowly around we can see that we see an image of Stonewall Jackson-- Stonewall Jackson, one of the great leaders. And then, as we turn back, we get to Jefferson Davis, the President of the Confederacy. And if we keep turning it, we get to the great General Robert E. Lee. And so you have three prints for the price of one, as it were. Now, this was made from three separate Currier and Ives prints, and they are original lithographs issued by Currier and Ives, and you could buy the individual prints themselves, and in fact, these are very desirable prints. The Lee and the Stonewall Jackson probably sell for around $400 or $500 and the Jefferson Davis for a little less than that, a little less popular figure. But in a combination like this which was done at the time, this was done in the 19th century-- we don't know whether Currier and Ives did it or whether a print seller did it or what but we have seen them around. They're very rare, though. Most of these would have been fallen apart and destroyed, and to have it is just a wonderful treasure. I gather your institution doesn't know its value, and you're interested to know. Well, as I told you, the individual prints have a fair amount of value. But to find it together like this is really a terrific thing. And you're probably talking a value at auction of between about $2,800 and $3,200.
APPRAISER: So it's just a wonderful... I mean it's well beyond that, and it's just a great thing, and I hope you folks really treasure it.
GUEST: We really do. We do.
APPRAISER: That's great and thank you so much for bringing it in. It's really been a thrill for me to see it.
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