Auction 103, Lot 117

"Dissected Map of the United States", McLoughlin Bros.

Subject: United States - Puzzle

Period: 1887 (dated)


Color: Printed Color

12.2 x 8.1 inches
31 x 20.6 cm

Great, early chromolithographed and wooden jigsaw puzzle in original box. The map features both Indian Territory and Dakota Territory. The box cover illustration features a female representation of America teaching geography to a young Indian maiden. Includes the matching paper key map, dated 1887. McLoughlin Bros., Inc. was a New York publishing firm that pioneered the systematic use of color printing technologies in children's books, particularly between 1858 and 1920. The firm's publications served to popularize illustrators including Thomas Nast, William Momberger, Justin H. Howard, Palmer Cox, and Ida Waugh. By 1886, the firm published a wide range of items including cheap scrapbooks, large folio picture books, linen books, puzzles, games and paper dolls.


Condition: A

Map and box in truly wonderful condition for a map of this type. Paper map has fold separations entering the map, closed with archival tape. Puzzle pieces near fine, box is in great condition with only minor wear at the very corners.

Estimate: $250 - $300

Sold for: $325

Closed on 6/11/2003