Currier and Ives Prints: Real or Reproduction

Currier and Ives Reproductions

The Old Farm Gate print; Donald Art Co. reproduction
The Old Farm Gate print; Donald Art Co. reproduction
The Return From the Woods print; 1962 Travelers Insurance calendar page
The Return From the Woods print; 1962 Travelers Insurance calendar page
Surrender of General Burgoyne at Saratoga NY;Oct.17.1777.; 1961 Travelers Insurance calendar page
Surrender of General Burgoyne at Saratoga NY;Oct.17.1777.; 1961 Travelers Insurance calendar page
The Old Homestead print, full color reproduction by Donald Art Co.
The Old Homestead print, full color reproduction by Donald Art Co.
George M. Patchen; race print,Donald Art Co. reproduction
George M. Patchen; race print,Donald Art Co. reproduction
Progress of the Century,1961 Travelers Insurance calendar page
Progress of the Century,1961 Travelers Insurance calendar page
Winter Morning in the Country Note card, 4"by 3".1940s;P.L.B.166
Winter Morning in the Country Note card, 4"by 3".1940s;P.L.B.166
American Railroad Scene print; Donald Art Co. reproduction
American Railroad Scene print; Donald Art Co. reproduction
The Catskill Mountain Print; Donald Art Co. reproduction
The Catskill Mountain Print; Donald Art Co. reproduction
View of New York Print, Donald Art Co. reproduction
View of New York Print, Donald Art Co. reproduction
First Trot of the Season, 1962 Travelers Insurance calendar page.
First Trot of the Season, 1962 Travelers Insurance calendar page.

Currier and Ives Reproductions

American lithographs and prints did not show a copyright notice and date until after 1848. If the print does have an annotation indicating it was “Entered according to the act of congress”, some information can be retrieved from the Registry of Copyrights at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. Some Currier and Ives prints carry this notation.

Trimmed or Unmarked Prints

Currier and Ives prints were available in abundance during the nineteenth century. Many are still available today. Original prints showed the name of the printer or owner and usually a physical address.
If the print is recognizable as a Currier and Ives but contains no information, the edges of the print may have been trimmed away or it may be a copy. Trimmed prints and lithographs have considerably less value on the collectibles market.

Dates and Addresses

The firm that printed the Currier and Ives lithographs moved a lot in New York City. By checking the address that is shown on the print a general date can be determined.
1835 to 1836 - N. Currier Lith. And Currier Lith. - 1 Wall Street.
1836 to 1838- N. Currier - 148 Nassau Street
1838 to 1847- N. Currier - 2 Spruce Street
1842 - N. Currier- 169 Broadway
1845 to 1846 - Charles Currier - 33 Spruce Street.
1847 - N. Currier and C. Currier - 33 Spruce Street.
1848 to 1871 - N. Currier - 152 Nassau Street.
1857 to 1872 - Currier and Ives - several addresses, including 152 Nassau Street.
1866 to 1907 - Currier and Ives - 33 Spruce Street
1872 to 1874 - Currier and Ives - 125 Nassau Street
1875 to 1894 - Currier and Ives- 123-125 Nassau Street
1876 to 1886 - Currier and Ives - 115 Nassau Street
1886 to 1907 - Currier and Ives - 108 Fulton Street

Printing and Coloring

To determine authenticity, use a magnifying glass. The ink on a new print will be seen as small dots. An original print will be seen as short lines.
Prints made today have all colors placed at once. Currier and Ives prints were printed in black and white only and then hand colored. Hand coloring will always be less than perfect while newer print colors will be exact.


Measurements


Only three sizes were used in original Currier and Ives prints. The small size was 7.8 inches by 12.8 inches. Medium sized prints were 13 by 20 inches and a large print was 18 by 27 inches in size. Reproduction prints have been made in a variety of sizes. Check the thickness of the paper. Re-strikes of original prints have been done but the paper used for newer prints is much thinner.

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Jackie Lynnley 12 months ago from The Beautiful South

Very interesting. To come across an original of these would sure be a dream come true. I have pictures now (not this type) that could be something but I just have never gotten into finding out about things I collect.


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Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago

Thank you galleryofgrace for this valuable information.

I love paintings, by anyone, they don't have to be famous, but it is nice to know when they are.


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oceansnsunsets 5 years ago from The Midwest, USA

Currier and Ives prints are amazing to me! The art contained is just wonderful, and I could never get tired of seeing them. Thanks so much for sharing this information for those interested and even more so for collectors. Seeing older American lithographs and prints are not only beautiful and interesting for people, but educational too. Neat hub, thank you for sharing!


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snakeslane 5 years ago from Canada

Good info. Thanks galleryofgrace!

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