Currier reproduction prints


Michelle Knows Antiques is a great way to find the value of your antiques. Submit your antique for appraisal on our easy to use form. Here is a recent appraisal from Michelle’s column in Discover Vintage America:

Q: I have two lithographs signed “N. Currier” showing sailing ships. They both measure 8″x10″. Other text on the bottom of the lithos is – Lithograph by N. Currier – C. Farsons Del D. McFarlane PINXT Clipper Ship “Dreadnought” Off Tuskar Light. The second shows – Lithograph by N. Currier – F. F Palmer Lith Clipper Ship “Young America”. When I look at them through a magnifying glass I can see a bunch of little dots and lines.

A: You have two later chromo lithograph print reproductions of Currier maritime prints that were reproduced from earlier images. They are not hand-colored and would not have been produced from the original stone used by Currier.

The original print stones were significantly larger than the size of your prints. They were originally done in ‘folio size’, which would generally be on a 21 3/4” x 27 3/4” sheet of paper. Yours have been reproduced using a mechanical reduction process so as to make them a more standard 8 x 10” size. Your prints were executed on laid paper and date to the second half of the 20th century. These are considered decorative framed wall art images and not original or later executed Currier prints for collector and investment purposes.

Therefore the values are determined as framed decorator pieces and sell for $50 or less for each.

note – All prices given are for sale in a private sale, antique shop or other resale outlet. Price is also dependent upon the geographic area in which you are selling. Auction value, selling to a dealer or pawnshop prices are about half of resale value.

Written by Michelle Staley

Michelle Staley has over 35 years of experience as an antique collector, picker and dealer. She has done hundreds of insurance and IRS appraisals in addition to just satisfying another collector or dealer’s curiosity concerning what an item is, does or its worth. Other experience includes her work as a forensics consultant and in archeological identification and dating.

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