Beautifully engraved antique bond certificate from the state of New York Canal Department dating back to the 1870's. This document, which is signed by a State Auditor, was printed by the American Bank Note Company, and measures approximately 12" (w) by 9 1/4" (h).
This certificate features a trio of vignettes. A canal scene - complete with a barge and horses - is flanked by a pair of allegorical female figures at the center of the piece. Two gentlemen adorn the upper right and left corners.
You will receive the exact certificate pictured.
The New York State canal system encompassed the Erie, Champlain, Oswego and Cayuga-Seneca canals, winding its way through 18 counties. Its span allowed commercial and recreational vessels to pass from the Atlantic Ocean to the Great Lakes, facilitating the growth of settlements in the Midwest, Great Plains, and Northeast.
This bond was issued to help maintain the canal system.