To identify an original Currier & Ives lithograph, check the edges of the print for any production information. Examine the consistency of its paper, and make sure it is thickly woven with a matte appearance. Also, verify that the color on the piece was not dotted on.
Production information on original Currier & Ives lithographs generally indicate its publishers as "N. Currier" or "Currier & Ives." If there is printed information on the piece, such as "reproduced from," "courtesy of" or a copyright notice, it is not an original. Genuine Currier & Ives lithographs were produced on thick cotton-based paper. Inspect the paper, and be sure that it is not thin or glossy. The majority of Currier & Ives lithographs were hand-colored from lithograph stones, leaving a smudged impression. Identify how color was applied to the print, and verify that it was not dotted or brushed on. Dotting indicates a modern coloring mechanism that was used on Currier & Ives reproductions.