Beautiful specimen certificate from the Kansas City Bolt and Nut Co.
. This historic document was printed by the Jos. S. Christy Company around 1900 and has an ornate border around it with a vignette of a group of men working at a foundry.
Directory of the iron and steel works of the United States and Canada By American Iron and Steel Institute - 1916
Bristol St., Kansas City, Mo.
Org. and inc. Apr. 7,.1887. Capital stock: $500,000.
M. D. Sternbergh, P.; at Reading, Pa. Solomon Stoddard, V. P.
& G M.; J. Hervey Sternbergh, Sc.; H. R. Warren, T. & P. A. ;
D. D. Neville, G. S.; C. A. Johnson, G. S. M.; at Kansas City.
Works at Kansas City: blt. 1887-88; f. o. Jan., 1889; 4 heat. fur. (4-d.); 2 trains (16" & 10" comb. 3-h. 7-st., 10" 3-h. 5-st.); 2 ham. (1,500 and 800-lb.). Fuel, oil. Machine shop for own use. Boit and nut factory. Car forging and blacksmith shop.
Product: merchant bar and boit iron; reinforcing bars; boits W to 3"; hot pressed nuts, 1A" to 3"; rivets W to 3"; spikes; lags, rods, boat spikes, railroad forgings, silo hardware, oU well supplies, structural forgings, pole steps, cross arm braces, turnbuckles, hooks, eyes and stubs. Annual cap., 40,000 tons of bar iron, 150,000 kegs boits, 50,000 kegs nuts, 3,000 kegs rivets, 12,000 kegs of forged spikes and 5,000 tons of other products.
About Specimen Certificates
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 were 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 has grown in popularity over the past several years.