Beautiful stock certificate from the Pilgrim Consolidated Mining Company
issued in 1899. This historic document was printed by the Western Litho Company and has an
ornate border around it with an image the company's anme with Mines at Cripple Creek, Colorado below. This item has the signatures of the Company’s President, Henry M. Blackmer and Secretary, Sherwood Aldrich, and is over 113 years old. The certificate was issued to J. P. Curtis who later became the company's Treasurer.
Henry Blackmer was a Cripple Creek gold baron and made his fortune in Colorado banking. His wife was heiress to the Carter Liver Pill fortune, created by her father. Blackmer is best known for his involvement and conviction in the Teapot Dome scandal, and lived much of his adult life in exile.
As reported in 1910:
PILGRIM CONSOLIDATED MINING COMPANY.
Located in Cripple Creek District, Teller County, Colorado. 12 l/2 acres patented land. Capitalized at $1,250,000—1,250,000 shares, par $1. 141,000 shares in treasury. Development consists of a number of shafts, the deepest of which are 200 and 150 feet. Have a complete hoisting plant. Total production about $25,000.
Officers: E. P. Shove, President and Treasurer; J. P. Curtis, Vice-President, and Sherwood Aldrich, Secretary. Main office, 509 Mining Exchange Building, Colorado Springs, Colorado. Stock listed on Colorado Springs exchange.