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Auction 115, Lot 62

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

Subject: Cartographic Miscellany - United States Puzzle

Period: 1887 (dated)


Color: Printed Color

12.8 x 8 inches
32.5 x 20.3 cm

Terrific Victorian period map puzzle with original box. Complete with all pieces, box, and full color map to aid in assembling the puzzle. The puzzle is dated 1887, but Dakota's are shown separated so this puzzle is probably circa 1890. Original paper label on box that is reminiscent of a cigar box label. It combines the printing processes of multi-stone chromolithography, solid color zinc plate, and gold stamping to produce a beautiful image. 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. It is rare to find a nineteenth century puzzle complete and in such nice condition.


Condition: A

Overall in very good condition. The bottom of the box is pushed up along one side, guide map with some repaired folds, puzzle fine.

Estimate: $250 - $300

Sold for: $300

Closed on 6/21/2006