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 11 3/4" (w) by 9" (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. Then-governor John Adams Dix's bust appears at the left side. The gentlemen at the right side could be then Canal Commissioner Reuben W. Stroud, but it is hard to tell.
You will receive the exact certificate pictured. Please note close cropping around piece that extends into the border at the upper left side.
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.