DescriptionGroup of Die Proof Vignettes engraved by Louis (Luigi) Delnoce Part 3 Fourteen Items
The Smillie archives also included the work of other engravers such as Louis Delnoce who is credited as the engraver for this group of fourteen vignettes. These die proofs are printed on India paper, mounted on die-sunk card stock, and are in nice original condition unless otherwise noted.
Untitled Die Proof (but known as Bear Attack) bearing the imprint of Toppan Carpenter & Co. New York, Philada. & Boston. An interesting scene of two Indian hunters being attacked by a mother bear after they have blundered onto her cubs. Annotations credit Darley as the artist and Delnoce as the engraver. Confirmed usage on the $2 issue of the Exchange Bank of Glencoe, MN and the $1 issue of the Manitowoc County Bank (WI)
Untitled die proof depicting the floor of an iron rolling mill. The Toppan, Carpenter & Co. imprint dates it to before 1858 which is confirmed by the annotation crediting J.D. Smillie as the artist and Delnoce as the engraver circa 1856.
Die proof designated THE REAPER / AMERICAN BANK NOTE CO. 162 beneath the image. A penciled annotation credits J.W. Casilear as the artist and Delnoce as the engraver circa 1861.
Untitled die proof depicting a farmer plowing. Confirmed usage on a $1 issue of the Bank of Tecumseh (MI). Darley is credited as the artist and Delnoce as the engraver. Light soiling or toning around the edges of the card
Die proof designated as WESTERN GIRL / SPECIAL / AMERICAN BANK NOTE CO. 250. Confirmed use on a $3 issue of the Bank of the Ohio Valley (Cincinnati, OH) Annotation credits Delnoce for drawing and engraving this vignette
Untitled (but known as Penn's Treaty) die proof apparently depicting Penn's 1683 treaty with the Indians. This vignette appears to be an interpretation of the Benjamin West painting of 1771-72. Darley is credited as the artist and Delnoce as the engraver. Confirmed use on a $5 issue of the Bunker Hill Bank, Charlestown, MA
Untitled die proof (but known as DAVIDSON FOUNTAIN). This fountain is still in downtown Cincinnati and is considered by many to be the symbol of the city
Delnoce is credited as the engraver with the added comment that the vignette was finished by James Smillie.
Untitled die proof of a train crossing a large multilevel bridge. Annotations on the card credit J.W. Casilear as the artist and Delnoce as the engraver. Circa 1855-58
Untitled die proof depicting Puritans seated around a table bearing the Toppan, Carpenter & Co. imprint. Darley is credited as the artist and Delnoce as the engraver circa December 1, 1855
Die proof designated HUSKING / AMERICAN BANK NOTE CO. No. 117 below the vignette. Confirmed use on an 1880 stock certificate of the Little Rock & Fort Smith Railway Co. Darley is credited as the artist and Delnoce as the engraver circa 1859
Untitled die proof depicting the Bunker Hill monument in Charlestown, MA. Delnoce is credited as both the artist and engraver for this vignette
Untitled die proof of a black boy caring for two horses bearing the Toppan, Carpenter & Co. imprint
Untitled die proof depicting a Revolutionary War era soldier advancing with fixed bayonet past a fallen comrade. Darley is credited as the artist and Delnoce as the engraver, with the further notation that this vignette was transferred to J.D. Smillie on June 25, 1855
Untitled die proof depicting a wood working shop bearing the Toppan, Carpenter & Co. imprint. Darley is credited as the artist and Delnoce as the engraver.
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