This is an original 1895 black and white steel engraving of a portrait of Harvey Birchard, a Bridgeport, Connecticut native, who came to Milwaukee in 1838 and set up a business partnership with Lewis, Harrison and Ludington, which was named Ludington, Birchard and Company. Birchard opened a General Store on the corners of Wisconsin and East Water Streets (where the Pabst building now stands). He also aided and often funded various buildings improvements and renovations around the state of Wisconsin. Birchard also had his hand in real estate. Although, he never ran for office, Birchard was a headstrong Republican, who supported the Federal cause in the American Civil War.
This 116+ year old Item is rated Near Mint / Very Fine+. Light aging throughout. Moderate wrinkle - center. No natural defects. No surface rub. No tears. No water damage. Please note the yellow surface blemish in the lower right corner of this engraving.
Product Type: Original Steel Engraving; Black / White
Grade: Near Mint / Very Fine+
Dimensions: Approximately 7.75 x 10.5 inches; 20 x 27 cm
Authentication: Serial-Numbered Certificate of Authenticity w/ Full Provenance
Protection: Packaged in a custom archival sleeve with an acid-free black board (great for display, gift-giving, and preservation)