Beautifully engraved antique bond certificate from the Great Southern Lumber and Railway Supply Company dating back to the 1880's. This document, which is signed by the company President and Treasurer, measures approximately 15 1/4" (w) by 19" (h) - including the coupons along the bottom margin.
This certificate's intricate vignette features a train steaming down the tracks.
Very hard to find piece.
The Great Southern Lumber and Railway Supply Company was incorporated in New York in 1882.
The company purchased over 13,000 acres of poor pine lands in Baldwin County, Alabama at 50 cents an acre in what the company hoped would net over $4,000,000 of revenue from the harvesting and selling of the timber - at least as outlined int he company's rather optimistic prospectus.
However, by 1885 there was no record that company remained in existence.