A very nosey postmistress letter ca. 1850's era social scene antique printBrian DiMambro- Antique & Vintage Maps, Prints, Books & Gold Coins
(Public - social scene- wax sealed letter- reading other peoples mail- nosey women- secretive spying)
Issued ca. 1850-65 era. (no date or source known for the print which was acquired loose).
Engraved by T. B. Welch.
Nice mid-19th century engraved print.
This particular type of engraved printing process was very laborious, involving long-apprenticed highly trained hand artisans. It also involved challenging hand-operated machinery, inking of plates, sheets of paper individually hung to dry, skill, patience, and other endless tasks and labor. Because of these and various other factors, this old printed leaf is an interesting original artifact from a long past moment in printing.
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[ note: We grade very conservatively and always seek to disclose any noteworthy flaws. We are doing our best to show & describe this item so you are happy when it arrives ].
In lightly age worn condition, side blank margins trimmed narrow, sheet lightly age toned -- overall, still quite clean, a fresh, nice impression, and visually appealing.
Sheet measures c. 5 1/8" W x 8 5/8" H.
Engraved area measures c. 5" W x 6 3/8" H.
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