Beautiful engraved RARE specimen certificate from Walter Kidde & Company, Inc
printed in 1974. This historic document was printed by American Bank Note Company and has an
ornate border around it with a vignette of a group of allegorical people. This item has the printed signatures of the Company's President and Secretary and is over 34 years old.
Kidde is a leading global supplier of fire and safety products, systems and services under a range of well-known and trusted brand names to industrial, commercial, aerospace, combustion control and retail customers. The Groupís activities cover a broad spectrum of fire and safety solutions, including fire detection, fire suppression and fire-fighting to protect an extensive range of properties and assets from fire and explosions.
The Kidde Group comprises four divisions: North American Fire Protection; European Fire Protection: Aerospace, Specialist and Emerging Markets; and Residential and Commercial Fire Protection. The Group enjoys very well-established positions in the protection of civil and military aircraft, ships, telecommunications, data storage and Internet service provider equipment and facilities; the supply of hose and foam to fire services globally; and the United States retail market. The Kidde Group manufactures an extensive range of products in many factories around the world and supports its sales efforts and customer service requirements through its own international sales offices and a widespread distribution network. It has its main research base at its headquarters in Colnbrook in the UK, with development and product evaluation facilities associated with all of the Groupís major manufacturing locations.
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.