Beautiful engraved specimen certificate from the Linen's N Things
dated in 1997. This historic document was printed by American Bank Note Company and has an
ornate border around it with a vignette of an allegorical woman holding a globe next to the company's buidling. This item has the printed signatures of the Company's President and Chief Financial Officer and is over 10 years old.
Linen's N Things, Inc. is the #2 US home goods chain (after Bed Bath & Beyond) sells bedding, towels, housewares, and other home accessories, such as bath items and window treatments. Linens 'n Things has some 560 superstores (35,000 sq. ft. and larger), emphasizing low-priced, brand-name merchandise, in 47 states and six Canadian provinces. Brands include Braun, Krups, Calphalon, Laura Ashley, Croscill, Waverly, and the company's own label. Linens 'n Things is expanding the "things" (non-linens) it sells, as well as opening stores in more US (especially western) markets and closing its smaller stores. Linens 'n Things was acquired by a private equity firm in 2006.
History from Wikipedia and OldCompanyResearch.com.
Specimen Certificates are actual certificates that have never been issued. They were usually kept by the printers in their permanent archives as their only example of a particular certificate. Sometimes you will see a hand stamp on the certificate that says "Do not remove from file".
Specimens were also used to show prospective clients different types of certificate designs that were available. Specimen certificates are usually much scarcer than issued certificates. In fact, many times they are the only way to get a certificate for a particular company because the issued certificates were redeemed and destroyed. In a few instances, Specimen certificates we made for a company but were never used because a different design was chosen by the company.
These certificates are normally stamped "Specimen" or they have small holes spelling the word specimen. Most of the time they don't have a serial number, or they have a serial number of 00000. This is an exciting sector of the hobby that grown in popularity over the past several years.