Beautiful certificate #2 from the Crompton and Knowles Loom Works issued in 1897. This historic document was printed by J.G. Hall Banknote Company and has an ornate border around it with a vignette of the company name. This certificate has an ornate border around it with the company's name on top center. This item is hand signed by the Company's President, Charles Hutchins and Secretary and Co Founder, George Crompton and is over 111 years old. This certificate was issued to George Crompton and signed by him on the back.
Of the dozens of Worcester firms making machines for the textile industry, Crompton & Knowles Loom Works was the largest and most successful. George Crompton and Lucius (Frank) Knowles each launched successful loom making companies. Both patented improvements to power looms that enabled weavers to make intricately patterned and delicately colored designs. Their rival firms merged in 1897. After buying out specialized manufacturers, the company boasted that they made "a loom for every fabric." Through the mid-twentieth century, Crompton & Knowles completely dominated the market for fancy looms in America, and for woolen looms in the world.