Beautifully engraved antique stock certificate from the West Chester and Philadelphia Rail Road Company dating back to the 1850's. This document, which is signed by the company President and Treasurer, was printed by W. E. Tucker and measures approximately 10" (w) by 6" (h).
This piece features five amazing vignettes - a train leaving a town at the top, a train crossing a bridge at the bottom; along the left side there is a girl with a dog, William Penn and a female figure with a staff.
You will receive the exact certificate pictured.
The West Chester and Philadelphia was incorporated in 1848 to build a suburban line between the two points named, a distance of 26 miles, all south of the Main Line of the Philadelphia and Columbia Railroad. The company was not organized until 1850, and construction was started in 1852.
The road was an expensive one to build, due to the deep valleys and many streams it crossed, so that at one time its stock had fallen to almost nominal value. In the latter half of the year 1858 the road was pushed onward with remarkable rapidity, the rails being laid from Wawa to West Chester, so that the first train of cars from Philadelphia by the direct road reached West Chester on Tuesday, November 11, 1858, and on the following Thursday a celebration was held in the borough in honor of the event.
In May of 1880, the Philadelphia, Wilmington and Baltimore Railroad Company purchased the West Chester and Philadelphia Railroad, and on the subsequent transfer of the former road to the Pennsylvania Central, the West Chester road was included.