Samuel H. Black advertised as an electrotyper at several different addresses in New York City in the 1850’s. Electrotyping was a relatively new process for making thin metal copies by depositing metal on a mold with the process of electrolysis. It was sometimes called “galvano casting”. This piece includes the entire text of the Declaration, the signatures of all of the signers and a miniature of John Trumbull’s great painting in the center. Very small print at the bottom edge gives the date of 1859.
A remarkably well preserved example with untrimmed edges and in its original gilt frame.
The plaque itself measures 7.5 x 8.25.
listed in: Art, Metalwork