George Washington portrait engraving, Baldwin & Gleason 1880s
A beautiful engraving with tissue flap on gray card by Baldwin & Gleason, New York.
Baldwin, Gleason and Company was formed in 1880 by Marcus Wickliffe Baldwin and Thomas Gleason in New York City. Marcus Wicliffe Baldwin was a master of security engraving who engraved the vignettes of over fifty U.S. postage stamps in the span of 1894 to 1919. Marcus never married. He is buried in an umarked grave beside his parents Wickliffe and Abigail Baldwin. His father was a well-known Newark silversmith and engraver. After an apprenticeship with the American Bank Note Company, 16-year-old Marcus joined the National Bank Note Company, remaining there until about age 27, when in 1880 he set up his own company with Thomas Gleason.