San Francisco: Bradley & Rulofson, No. 429 Montgomery Street, (n. d.). Circa 1875. Now housed in an archival mylar sleeve. Image a composite photomontage of the 19 officers of the USS Portsmouth, surrounding a picture of the ship itself. Photograph verso with 7 identified individuals. Photograph oblong format: 9-11/16" x 13-1/2". Mount: 12-3/4" x 15-3/4". Mount with photographer imprint under image, with single wide gilt rule border framing same. Usual bit of yellowing to photograph. Modest wear to mount, with apparent tack hole to left margin. Very Good. Item #45911
This sloop-of-war the second USS Portsmouth, built at the Portsmouth Navy Yard in 1843, commissioned on 10 November 1844, with Commander John Berrien Montgomery in command. She played an important role during the Mexian-American war, helping seize the port of Yerba Buena [now San Franisco] from Mexico. In recognition, San Francisco's Portsmouth Square is named after the ship. During the 1870s, she was again assigned to the West Coast, until July 1878, when she was decommissioned as a cruiser, assuming a new capacity as a training ship & returning to the East Coast. This photograph taken during her 1870s assignment, presumed taken to act as a souvenir for the officers aboard.
No copies found listed on OCLC, nor do we find any prior sale listings of this photograph on Worthpoint & RBH.