19th Century Pictorial Wrapping Paper with Allegorical American Eagle and Shield
A rare survival, this patriotic American eagle and shield wood engraving is printed on 19th century wrapping paper - likely originally intended to wrap freshly printed newspapers or some other form of ephemeral printing. Most examples of this pictorial wrapping paper were undoubtedly discarded soon after use.
The classic American symbol, an eagle atop a shield about to take flight, with one talon grasping an olive branch, and the other talon holding arrows.
Examples of such decorative ephemeral printing are rare. By definition such productions were never intended to survive beyond their immediate intended use.