Beautifully engraved RARE SPECIMEN certificate from the Culligan Water Technologies, Inc.
This historic document was printed by the American Banknote Company and has an
ornate border around it with a vignette of an allegorical woman holding a globe infront of the ocean. This item has the printed signatures of the Companyĺs President and Chief Executive Officer and Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary.
Culligan Water Technologies, Inc., is a manufacturer and distributor of water purification and treatment products and services for household, commercial and industrial applications. The company's products range from filters for tap water, water softeners, ultrafiltration and microfiltration products, desalination systems and portable deionization services. The company also sells bottled water under the "Culligan" trademark. The company sells its products through franchised dealers and licensees.
Among the most widely recognized brand names in America, Culligan has been manufacturing and
distributing bottled water and water treatment products for retail, household, and commercial applications
worldwide since 1936. The company is a division of USFilter that is owned by Vivendi Water Company,
the leading global provider of commercial, industrial, municipal and residential water and wastewater
treatment systems, products and services, with operations in more than 100 countries.
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.