Beautiful engraved specimen certificate from the Jefferson Electric Company
. This historic document was printed by American Bank Note Company and has an
ornate border around it with a vignette of an allegorical woman. This item has the printed signatures of the Company's President, J. M. Bennan and Secretary.
The Jefferson Electric Company was founded January of 1915 The Company was named after President Thomas Jefferson, who was also an inventor. They made bell ringing and toy transformers and similar devices. By 1921, their major product was a magneto lamp regulator for cars. They also expanded into radio transformers in 1924.
Golden Hour Clock Production Began in Late 1949.
In 1967, Jefferson was purchased by Litton Industries and became Jefferson Electric, Division of Litton Industries.
History from Wikipedia.
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.