Beautifully engraved specimen certificate from the Schlumberger Limited (Sclumberger N.V.)
. This historic document was printed by the American Banknote Company and has an
ornate border around it with a vignette of a world globe on top of a vine, and images of the company's founders, Conrad and Marcel Schlumberger. This item has the printed signatures of the Company’s Chairman, and Secretary.
Schlumberger Limited is the world's largest oilfield services company. Schlumberger employs approximately 105,000 people representing more than 140 nationalities working in more than 85 countries.Schlumberger has four principal executive offices located in Paris, Houston, London, and the Hague.
Schlumberger is incorporated in Willemstad, Curaçao as Schlumberger N.V. and trades on the New York Stock Exchange, Euronext Paris, the London Stock Exchange, and SIX Swiss Exchange.
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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.