305: Lincoln Engraving by J.C. Buttre, 1864
Very Desirable Lincoln Image!c. 1864 Steel Engraving of Lincoln by J.C. Buttre with Border Design by W. Momberger, Very Fine.
John Chester Buttre engraving of a Matthew Brady photograph with intricate border engraving by W. Momberger showing symbolic depictions of Patriots, Fugitives, Rebellion, and Peace at the corners, along with Lincoln's “Proclamation of Freedom” sitting atop open shackles and a broken cattail whip at the peak of the oval. The text below the Brady image of Lincoln reads, in full: "BORDER DESIGN BY W. MOMBERGER"... "Entered according to act of Congress AD 1864 by J.C. Buttre, in the Clerk's Office in the District Court of the Southern District of New York. ENGRAVED AND PUBLISHED BY J. C. BUTTRE 48 FRANKLIN STREET NEW YORK... PHOTOGRAPH BY M. B. BRADY". Not examined out of antique frame, engraving paper is 17.3” x 13.5” and the image is 16” x 12” to the raised edge. Lincoln’s facsimile signature appears at the bottom of the piece, which is lightly and evenly toned and shows minor foxing; else fine. A very desirable and much sought after Lincoln image.