“Liberty & Union” Die Proof Vignette by Charles Burt 1862
Engraved vignette entitled Libery and Union by Charles Burt after a drawing by G.H. Thomas, with engraved title, and American Bank Note Company imprint below. Image shows Liberty holding a fasces, with an anchor at her feet and the Stars and Stripes billowing behind her. Vignette measures approximately two and seven eighth inches by one and three-eighth inches on card. Both vignette and card are in excellent condition. This is an ORIGINAL nineteenth century proof on india paper; not a reproduction or contemporary print.
Charles Burt was born at Edinburgh on the eighth day of Nov. 1822. At twelve years of age he apprenticed with W. Home Lizars, principally engaged on plates for Sir Wm. Jardine’s Natural History. He shortly afterwards came to the United States, and was employed by A. L. Dick, who, in his words, had an establishment for engraving in the city of New York, and with whom he remained for about four years. Beginning in 1850 Charles Burt was engaged on Bank Note work, and was the principal die engraver for the U. S. government.