Beautifully engraved RARE SPECIMEN certificate from the Gustav Stickley The Craftsman Incorporated printed in 1914. This historic document has an
ornate border around it with a vignette of a shield and eagle between allegorical women and is over 89 years old. This is the first time we have seen this certificate.
Gustav Stickley (1858-1942) romanticized and popularized the Arts and Crafts style of architecture during the first two decades of the 20th century. Today the style is known generically as Craftsman. The Craftsman- style architecture represents a conscious departure from the "excesses" of Victorian times.
Gustav Stickley's magazine The Craftsman influenced the designs of American houses through its articles and floor plans. An example is the Woodard house, which features materials, designs, and ideas that were illustrated in his magazine. Woodard, like many other middle-class Americans, continued to find the bungalow the ideal home, because it meant the new life style of the twentieth century. He and his wife lived in this house the rest of their lives. The ideology that the bungalow came to represent was that of traditional values and family. This ideology became so set in the minds of the general public that still today Americans continue to compare their lives with these standards even though the bungalow is no longer in vogue
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.
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