Origin: These stock certificates were issued by the Pine Creek Railway Company in the 1880's, which was formed to connect the New York Central and Hudson River Railroads to the coal producing regions of Pennsylvania. Incredibly, each of these certificates hs been hand signed by William K. Vanderbilt, grandson of railroad titan Cornelius Vanderbilt (1794 - 1877), as well as businessman and U.S. Senator Chauncey Depew.
Many of these documents were reissued to different holders throughout the years, with a record of their ownership stamped onto the back often dating into the 1920's. The track laid by the Pine Creek Railway Company was active until 1988, when Conrail ran the last train along the route. Today, the former site of the tracks is a recreational trail.
These certificates were issued during America's Gilded Age, a time when the nation transformed from a small agricultural economy to an industrial powerhouse. Though the US experienced massive economic growth, issues with corporate monopolies and workers rights troubled the era.
The stock certificate comes with a rigid archival document holder for preservation and handling. A Certificate of Authenticity is also included.
NOTE: This certificate has no value as a financial asset, and will not be honored by any extant company today.
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Your order will include:
- One original issued stock certificate of the Pine Creek Railway Company, signed by William K. Vanderbilt and Chauncey Depew
- Rigid document holder
- Detail card with relevant information about the relic
- Certificate of Authenticity
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Actually, many relics are able to be owned by anyone.
Typically, museums only want to display items that are either very rare or incredibly well preserved. This leaves many items that don't make the cut, and these are able to be owned by individuals.
While the items we sell aren't "museum grade," they still carry with them the same amount of history and uniqueness. Each relic was still hand made by a person, hundreds or even thousands of years ago.
One of our core values is not to damage or alter any of the artifacts we sell.
History needs to be preserved—after all, there is a limited amount of it that survives—but it is also something to be shared with the masses. For this reason, we put our relics in sturdy display cases that are safe to handle, but are mindful that someday the relic may need to be taken out again.
No glue or resin holds the items in place. Instead, we're developed our own method for holding the relics securely in their displays using pressure alone. In fact, any of our relics can be removed in their original condition by simply opening the display case.
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