Beautiful engraved specimen certificate from the Dowty Group PLC dated in 1984. This historic document was printed by Security-Columbian Banknote Company and has an
ornate border around it. This item has the printed signatures of the Company's SVP and is over 23 years old.
Ultra electronics was started in 1920 as Ultra Electric Ltd. for the production of domestic radios. In 1961 the domestic television and radio business was sold and the first Ultra Electronics Ltd. (UEL) was formed.
1977 saw the acquisition of the Ultra Group by Dowty Plc and in 1978 their Control and Instrumentation Division became Ultra Electronic Controls Ltd. This division subsequently became the Controls Division of Dowty Electronics when, in 1982, Dowty Electronics were founded.
The Dowty Group was restructured in 1987. Dowty Electronics was replaced by Dowty Defence & Air Systems Ltd. and the sub-divisional constitution was changed. The Controls Division, however, remained unchanged except in name only and became Dowty Defence & Air Systems Ltd. - Controls Division.
In 1990 the divisional trading name was changed to Dowty Controls and the company relocated to new premises at Loudwater, Buckinghamshire. The Dowty Group was then acquired by the TI Group Plc in 1992.
TI Group Plc then sold virtually all of the Electronics Systems Division companies of the Dowty Group to a management buy out team led by Dr Julian Blogh, the current chief executive, to form the second Ultra Electronics Ltd. company in 1993. It was then that Dowty Controls became Ultra Electronics Controls Division.
In 1994 the company relocated to their present location in Greenford, Middlesex, and in 1996 Ultra Electronics Holdings Plc was floated on the London Stock Exchange.
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.
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