Intricately engraved antique bond certificate from the state of New York Bureau of Canal Affairs dating back to the early 1900's. This document, which is signed by a State Comptroller, was printed by the American Bank Note Company, and measures approximately 11 3/4" (w) by 9 1/4" (h).
This certificate features a vignette of a canal scene complete with a barge and horses. The scene is flanked by a pair of allegorical female figures.
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.