1849 Wilkes Upper California
This superb reproduction of an original antique map of “Upper California” was originally published circa 1841 by Charles Wilkes, commander of the “Wilkes Expedition” from 1838 to 1842. He is credited with discovering the Antarctic continent and several islands in the Pacific. Upon leaving Honolulu, Wilkes carried out a survey of the Columbia River aboard the “Porpoise”, from July to November 1841. Wilkes was provided with six not very seaworthy ships and a motley crew, mostly conscripted. His first major port of call, Rio, saw a mass exodus and he was obliged to replace them with even more undesirables. His expedition is credited with discovering and charting 1500 miles of the Antarctic continent along with several islands in the Pacific Ocean.
What is a Mirrored Print & Gallery Wrap?
Canvas for Gallery Wrap
Take a good look at your print. The edges are mirrored, so that, the complete image is shown on the face of the frame once it is wrapped. In other words, You don’t lose any of the artwork. Our 2½” mirrored borders, allow your finished product to have a variety of thickness up to 2” deep. Therefore, make sure you choose an experienced framer who can make the frame to the exact specs of your custom print.
Hand-made Rattan Frames
Though the design has changed over the years, we commission these Rattan frames through a small family owned company in The Philippines. Your frame is the result of trial and error of the last 20 years! Rattan is a vine-like Palm that requires forest cover in order to thrive. Rattan grows throughout the jungle for over a quarter of a mile. Its trunk can span a diameter of over two inches down to the thickness of a human hair. The harvester’s collection process is performed by hand by a simple machete. Ultimately, the rattan vine cannot survive without the forest. Rattan quickly regenerates. As a result, this method of harvesting protects the destruction of the forest.