presidentialwreath

Rare Historic 19th Century Hand Drawn Manuscript depicting U.S. Presidents

This is a remarkable original 1856 ink drawing on paper by G.B. Pampel | The ornate drawing depicts an eagle flying over an wreath decorated with ribbons, flowers, leaves, and grasses. White cards surround the wreath; each card has the name of a United States president, their home state, and their years of service listed in fanciful calligraphy.

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  • Very rare original 19th Century antique ink drawing on paper by G.B. Pampel | Circa 1856 | This hand drawn manuscript depicts the U.S. Presidents in a wreath.  The ornate drawing depicts an eagle flying over an wreath decorated with ribbons, flowers, leaves, and grasses. White cards surround the wreath; each card has the name of a United States president, their home state, and their years of service listed in fanciful calligraphy. A portrait of George Washington is drawn at the top of the wreath. The piece ends with an incomplete card that reads “16th Abraham Lincoln, Illinois, 1861 to” — it appears the artist died or gave up on the piece during Lincoln’s time in office. A blank card sits after Lincoln’s name, hinting that the artist intended this to be a piece-in-progress that he would continue as new presidents were elected.

    The piece is signed “Designed and written with a Steel Pin by G. B. Pampel 1856” in a ribbon that waves across the top of the image. The piece is presented behind glass in a simple wooden frame | Measures 20.5″ x 25.5″ | Good condition considering age, has some yellowing and foxing with few tears – none of which deflect from the historical value of the manuscript.

  • Weight

    7lb.

    Height

    20.5"

    Width

    25.5"

    Depth

    .5"

    Weight

    7lb.

    Height

    20.5"

    Width

    25.5"

    Depth

    .5"

    Artist / Maker

    G.B. Pampel

    Date

    19th Century

    Frame

    Yes

    Kind

    Books, Maps, Documents and Manuscripts, Collectibles, Drawings, Ephemera, Memorabilia, Paintings, Political

    Medium

    Pen & Ink

    Origin

    American

    Other

    Framed, Glass Covering

    Size

    M (up to 30 in.)

    Support

    Paper

    Subject

    American Civil War, Document, Historical, Politics, War