Beautifully engraved SPECIMEN certificate from Pratt & Lambert Inc
. This historic document was printed by the American Bank Note Company and has an
ornate border around it with a vignette of an allegorical woman sitting and holding a hammer in one hand and a nail in the other. This item has the printed signatures of the Company's Chairman and Secretary.
Pratt & Lambert has manufactured high quality products since 1849. Products like Cellu-tone and Vitralite established the company's reputation for high quality and have endured the test of time. In the 80's, Pratt & Lambert introduced new acrylic resins in the manufacture of its paint and developed the Accolade line of products - the best interior and exterior finishes available today - rated the #1 interior eggshell finish by Consumer Magazine.
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 were 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 has grown in popularity over the past several years.