Was given a gift by a friend who had these from an uncle who, it was believed visited China around 1960's. I have tried to translate the signature and seal using on line tools with little success. Hoping someone can help.
It means "(This paint was)painted in spring in Wood Rat Year by 醇士 chún shì "
"甲子Wood Rat" is the 1st combination of the sexagenary cycle of the Chinese zodiac.(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wood_Rat)
According your describe this paint probably finished in 1864 or 1924, since the next Wood Rat year is 1984.
I don't know who is "醇士" . I have googled for this name and found some artist called 彭醇士 péng chún shì (1896～1976) but not sure whether this was painted by him or not.
This might required a professional antique dealer to answer your question.