South Shore Wine Company - New York and Pennsylvania 1867

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Beautiful RARE early wine First Mortage $1000 Bond Certificate from the <font color="#0000FF">South Shore Wine Company</font> issued in 1867.  This historic document has an ornate border around it with the company's n ame on top center in fancy print. This item has the signatures of the Company’s President, George W. Smith and Secretary, C. E. Scofield, and is over 156 years old.  Signed by Sam B. Smith on the verso as Trustee.  The company was incorporatd in New York for the purpose of operating business in the Town of North East in the County of Erie in Pennsylvania.  This is one oif the earliest wine certificates we have seen, and the only one we have seen from this company.  The bond looks much better in person than this picture indicates.

There is a hand drawn corporate seal and six interest coupons attached at the bottom.

The vinyard was located in the North End in the County of Erie in Pennsylvania.   

George W. Smith (1832-1906) – correspondence and business records of this Illinois commercial farmer and stockbreeder; records of the South Shore Wine Company of New York City and North East, Pennsylvania; cotton accounts and “Savannah Cotton Claims” against the United States government, 1863-72, made with his brother, J. Condit Smith.

The culture of grapes in North East Township Pennsylvania started around 1850.  It was soon discovered that the soil and climate were peculiarly favorable to the growth of this luscious fruit, and the small beginning of thirty years ago has developed until there are thousands of acres under cultivation in the township. The South Shore Wine Company was formed in 1867. They built a large cellar on the road between the borough and lake, and have done an extensive business in shipping grapes and making wine. 

History from Wikipedia and (old stock certificate research service)