Beautifully engraved specimen certificate from the Aeroquip Corporation
. This historic document was printed by American Bank Note Company and has an
ornate border around it with a vignette of an allegorical man holding a hammer. This item has the printed signatures of the Company’s President (Peter F. Hurst) and its Secretary.
Aeroquip Corporation was founded in 1940 in Jackson, Michigan, by Peter F. Hurst, a young German aeronautical engineer who held the patent rights to manufacture two new products designed for the aviation industry--detachable, reusable hose fittings and self-sealing couplings.
During World War II, Aeroquip products became military standards on all U.S. aircraft, establishing the company's reputation as a quality supplier and leading the way to penetration of the emerging fluid power industry.
Aeroquip products include all pressure ranges of hose, fittings, adapters, couplings and other fluid connectors, as well as precision plastic molded and extruded products for the automotive and industrial markets.
The company became the Aeroquip Group of Eaton in 1999 and currently operates 36 facilities in 11 countries and employs nearly 8,000 people.
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 and realized nice appreciation in value over the past several years.