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1920 L. R. STEEL COMPANY, INC. -
Incorporated (in 1919) Under the Laws of the State of Delaware - This
was NOT a company that produced steel... as I first thought. It was
started by Leonard R. Steel,
to fund a variety of chain stores. From what I could gather in my
research, it was an all-around shady operation. The description of what
the capital was to be used for was vague at best. It was referred to as
a "highly speculative enterprise", apparently intended to bring in as
much money as possible with little or no payout to investors. This
stock certificate was signed by L. R. Steel himself as company president. Price - $49.00
1926 WRIGLEY PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANY- Incorporated (in 1920) Under the Laws of the State of Delaware. Certificate issued to J. E. Fairbank
for 10 shares. Vignette shows one of this companies first products -
Spearmint Toothpaste. Most notable is that it is hand-signed by
well-known druggist and entrepreneur, W. W. Wrigley. The signature is bold, dark and uncancelled. I encourage you to Google for the complete company history. SCARCE.
Price - $275
THE AMERICAN SUBMARINE COMPANY - Incorporated (in 1864) Under the Laws
of the State of New York - This company started construction on a Civil
War submersible in 1863. It was named the Intelligent Whale.
The U. S. Navy did formal testing in 1872 and declared it "utterly
useless as an instrument of warfare". This failed submarine is
currently displayed at the National Guard Militia Museum in Sea Girt,
New Jersey. I encourage you to Google for a more complete history.
Impressive vignette on left side shows an early sailing ship.
Bright-red seal. Shares were valued at $10 each. Unissued. Dated 18__
SELDOM-SEEN PIECE OF CIVIL WAR HISTORY!
Price - $350
BIG VEIN POCAHONTAS COMPANY - Incorporated (in 1914) Under the Laws of
the State of West Virginia - This company owned coal and timberlands in
both Virginia and West Virginia. Stock certificate issued to James S. Garrett for 600 shares worth $10 each. Signed by H. H. Heiner as president and John J. Sheehan, company secretary. Affixed to the reverse are (8) red 5 cent internal revenue stamps - series of 1914. Price - $65.00
1880s THE UNITY MINING COMPANY - Incorporated Under the Laws of the State of Maine - MINES AT UNITY, MAINE (printed at top)
- Large stock certificate with a spectacular mining vignette. Very few
stocks are this elaborate. The Unity MC formed in 1880 after (what was
thought to be) a gold discovery. This "gold" turned out to be Iron
Pyrite... also known as "Fools Gold". I wonder how much stock was sold
before the truth came out? Waldo County, Maine.
Due to the certificates size, I could not fit it entirely on my
scanner, so part of the right side is not shown in the scan above. It
is complete. Printed by Dresser, McLellan & Co. Stationers, Portland, ME. Unissued. Dated 188_
Price - $150
1909 SOCORRO MINES DEVELOPMENT COMPANY - Incorporated Under the Laws of Missouri - Issued to W. H. Anderson. Kansas City, MO
(printed on the date line. Printed by the Union Bank Note Company of
Kansas City, Missouri. I have not seen this printer before.
Price - $62.00
1860s THE ROBERTS PETROLEUM TORPEDO COMPANY - Beautiful unissued certificate with vignettes showing early oil rigs and a Roberts torpedo exploding in a well shaft.
Prior to the invention of the oil well torpedo, oil wells produced only
small quantities of oil for a short time. They had to be redrilled due
to the build-up of paraffin and clay deposits. It was not until January
28th, 1865 when Col. Edward A. L. Roberts
successfully discharged his eight pound torpedo, that oil production
could be increased significantly. The torpedoes, which were lowered
into the drilled wells, were filled with gunpowder, and ignited by a
weight dropped along a suspension wire onto a percussion cap in the
torpedo. In later models, the gunpowder was replaced by nitroglycerin.
Oil well production increased over 40 fold as a result of Roberts
invention. Modern torpedoes are still used today. In February, 1865 Col. Edward A. L. Roberts
and his brother Walter formed the Roberts Petroleum Torpedo Company.
Roberts was granted a patent that gave his company a virtual monopoly
on all types of torpedos used in the oil industry. Price - $165
1907 AMERICAN TELEGRAPHONE COMPANY - Incorporated and Registered (in 1903) Under the Laws of the United States for the District of Columbia - Stock certificate issued to Frank Hosier
for one share worth $10. Bright-red corporate seal. The Telegraphone
was an early sound recording machine. Price - $75.00
THE STANDARD GOLD MINING COMPANY of COUNCIL BLUFFS, IOWA - Incorporated
(in 1897) Under the Laws of the State of Iowa - After much
searching, I could find no reference to this company... which is kind
of unusual. Must have been quite an obscure operation. The secretaries'
signature looks familiar - I believe I have seen it on an old Colorado
or Nevada mining certificate. Printed by the Rees Printing Co. Omaha. Price - $80.00
STOCK CERTIFICATES FROM OTHER STATES
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~ Old Stock Certificates Make Great Gifts.... and Always Look Nice Framed in the Home or Office ~
OLD WEST HISTORY STORE
ESTELLA MINING COMPANY - Incorporated (in 1878) Under the Laws of the
State of Wisconsin - Rare stock certificate issued to Edward S. Hunt for 500 shares valued at $25 each. Unique dog vignette. Signed by Henry Gormley as secretary and A. W. Kingsland as company president. Office at Chicago, Illinois. Price - $149
1906 ARGENTA MINES COMPANY - Incorporated Under the Laws of Maine - Issued to Frank Kernan for 50 shares. Fluffy clouds behind the title. Price - $36.00
1894 ST. JOSEPH ARTESIAN ICE & COLD STORAGE COMPANY - St. Joseph, Missouri - Organized by notable St. Joseph businessman Huston Wyeth, who signed this certificate as company president. The ice was transported by horse-drawn carts. Price - 58.00
1908 ALMA CEMENT COMPANY - Incorporated Under the Laws of the State of New Jersey - 100 share certificate issued to Theodore Greppo. Large vignette shows early workers unloading cement blocks from a train car. Price - $35.00
NATIONAL BANK OF ALBIA, IOWA - Set of 3 very old checks dated
1875, 1877 and 1878. Larger than the checks we use today.
Imprinted revenue at center. The oldest one has a different revenue
stamp. Excellent detailed vignette.
Price for all three - $49.00
(shown at left)
18__ THE DILLSBURG COPPER, LEAD & IRON COMPANY - Dillsburg, Pennsylvania - Unissued (Late 1800s)
Price - $20.00
19__ TOMS RIVER POULTRY DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION - Ocean County, New Jersey - The fine print reads 1922. Unissued. Price - $44.00
1860 TENNESSEE ZINC COMPANY - Incorporated by the State of Tennessee in February of 1860 - Stock certificate issued to D. T. C. Peters of Lynchburg, Virginia for 300 shares worth $5 each. Pre Civil War zinc mine! Office in New York. Fancy corporate seal punched into lower-left. Stock # 17. Price - $95.00
THE ELECTRIC GAS COMPANY OF AMERICA - Incorporated Under the Laws of
the State of Maine - Issued for one share worth $25. Impressive Bald
Eagle vignette. Company office at Hartford, Connecticut. Price - $42.00
1888 THE GUAYABILLAS MINING COMPANY - Incorporated Under the Laws of the State of New York - Yuscaran Mining District, Honduras.
Picture shows a man wearing a sombrero on a horse. Spanish-style
mission in the distance. This was a rich gold - silver mine. S. D. Eagle, president. Printed by the New York Bank Note Company ***Scarce*** SOLD
THE SPRINGFIELD MEXICAN MINING COMPANY - Incorporated (in 1903) Under
the Laws of the Territory of Arizona - Mine located in the Ameca District of Mexico.
Office at Union de Tula, Jalisco. Ore veins contained copper, silver
and traces of gold. Shipped a small amount of high grade ore to Ameca
and Guadalajara. E. A. Walsh, secretary and George F. Stericker, company president. Employed about 30 men. Stock certificate issued to Arthur Hay for 500 shares. Also had an office at Springfield, Illinois. Price - $69.00
BLACKLICK & CONEMAUGH PETROLEUM & MINING COMPANY - Ebensburg,
Pennsylvania - Beautiful very early certificate. Contains 3 detailed
vignettes. My favorite is the one on the left, showing an early
prospector and his dog. Unissued but signed by company president.
Price - $79.00
1918 LAMPAZOS SILVER MINES COMPANY - Incorporated Under the Laws of Delaware - 100 share certificate issued to George Graham Rice,
who was a well-known nevada promoter / swindler. This was one of
many stock scams he ran over the years. His actual signature is on the
reverse. The Lampazos property was said to be near Sonora,
Price - $75.00
1907 GREENE GOLD SILVER COMPANY - Incorporated in West Virginia - Founded by William Cornell Greene. The mines were 45 miles south of the Arizona border at Chihuahua, Mexico. Price - $55.00
WAHNETAH LAND & IMPROVEMENT COMPANY - Mauch Chunk, Pennsylvania.
Contains 3 attractive vignettes showing an Indian Warrior, horses, and
a woman resting in the woods. Unissued (Sources tell me this was an
OLD DOMINION OIL COMPANY of HOUSTON TEXAS - Incorporated (in 1919)
Under the Laws of the State of Texas - Impressive large gushing well on
left side. Produced oil in the Breckenridge District. Signed by O. L. Pardue as president and J. A. Chaffe as company secretary. Printed in Houston as well. Price - $75.00