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BANNERMAN’S CATALOG GRAPHICS PRINT BLOCK IMPRESSIONS:  Through the years I managed to assemble a fair sized collection of the original printing blocks which Francis Bannerman used for the graphic art in his famous catalogs.  Found in one’s and two’s at various gun shows and in collections, these wood blocks with the copper or pot-metal engraved plates caught my interest.  At some point a friend knew of printer who still had the type of press needed and offered to arrange for these impressions to be made of some of the more notable blocks. 

Each of the images offered below are original printings from the blocks.  In some cases, I have multiples, but most are the only one I have.  When these are gone, that’s it.  I used to know a man here locally who was still set up to print off of these individual blocks, but he is long since passed away, and I suspect that is the case across the nation in this day of modern computer generated commercial art.   

Each image is described below with an accompanying photograph.  Note that the dimensions provided are of the actual graphic – the sizes of the pieces of paper on which they were printed vary.  Please be sure to clearing identify which printing you wish to purchase. 

 

NO. 1  CAVALRY HORSE EQUIPPED WITH THE MODEL 1859 HORSE EQUIPMENTS:  This block was used by Bannerman, and was probably made for him, however it is an almost exact duplicate of the engraved image which appeared in the 1863 Ordnance Manual on Plate 23.  The image measures approximately 3 Ό” high and 4” wide. $50

 

NO. 2  MODEL 1904 McCLELLAN CAVALRY SADDLE:  This image is mounted in matting stock and measures approximately 4” high and 2 ½” wide.  $35

 

NO. 3  MODEL 1904 McCLELLAN ARTILLERY SADDLE:  This image is mounted in matting stock and measures approximately 4” high and 2 ½” wide.  $30

 

NO. 4   HALL CARBINE:  This image measures approximately 5” wide and 1” high.  $35

 

NO. 5   MODEL 1841 MISSISSIPPI RIFLE:  This image measures approximately 5” wide and 1” high.  $30

 

NO. 6   MODEL 1870 SHARPS RIFLE:  This image measures approximately 5” wide and 1” high.  $45

 

NO. 7   MODEL 1880 HUNTING KNIFE:  This image measures approximately 3” wide and ½” high.  $25

 

NO. 8   CONFEDERATE SOLDIER:  This image is mounted on card stock and measures approximately 5” high and 2” wide.  $30

 

NO. 9   INDIAN WARS ERA STATE OF NEW YORK MILITIA  SOLDIER IN DRESS UNIFORM:  This image measures approximately 5” high and 1 ½” wide.  $25

 

NO. 10   SPANISH AMERICAN WAR ERA SOLDIER IN CAMPAIGN EQUIPMENT:  This image measures approximately 2 ½” high and 1 ½” wide.  $25

 

NO. 11   INDIAN WARS MODEL 1881 OFFICERS DRESS HELMET:  This image measures approximately 2” high and 2” wide.  $30

 

NO. 12   US ARMY BUGLES:  I have this in two formats – the one shown below with one above the other and the second printing has the bells of the bugles facing each other on the same line.  This image measures approximately 4” high and 2 ½” wide.  $30

 

NO. 13   MODEL 1874 SHOEMAKER CAVALRY BRIDLE BIT:  This image measures approximately 1” high and 1” wide.  $25

 

NO. 14   19TH CENTURY PATRIOTIC EAGLE AND BUNTING:  This image measures approximately 1 ½” high and 1 ½” wide.  $10

 

NO. 15   SPANISH AMERICAN WAR PATRIOTIC BANNER WITH MARCHING CAVALRY AND INFANTRY TROOPS:  This image is matted and measures approximately 1 Ό” high and 4 ½” wide.  $15

 

NO. 16   19TH CENTURY PATRIOTIC FLAG  AND BUNTING:  This image is mounted in matting stock and measures approximately 3” high and 2” wide.  $10

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