Intricately engraved antique bond certificate from the state of New York Canal Department dating back to the 1890's. This document, which is signed by a State Comptroller, was printed by the National Bank Note Company, and measures approximately 12" (w) by 8 1/2" (h).
This certificate features a pair of vignettes. A canal scene - complete with a barge, horses, cattle and a train - appears at the bottom center. The New York State Seal is depicted at the top.
You will receive the exact certificate pictured. PLEASE NOTE close cropping to left side border.
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.