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North Carolina Smelting Company

$29.00

SKU: 7649
Product Details

Beautifully engraved antique stock certificate from the North Carolina Smelting Company dating back to the 1890's. This document, which is signed by the company President and Treasurer, was printed by Cameron, Amberg & Co. Print and measures approximately 10" (w) by 7 3/4" (h). 

 

Very hard to find piece with a nice vignette of an eagle atop a shield.

You will receive the exact certificate pictured.

    Historical Context

    In 1887, the Silver Valley mine, located 12 miles southeast of Lexington in Davidson County, was reopened to supply the newly erected smelting works near Thomasville. This plant was organized by the North Carolina Smelting Company especially to treat the silver bearing ores of the Silver Valley mine; but it was also hoped that the plant would furnish a near market for concentration of ores from a number of the smaller mines of the Appalachian region. A tramway was constructed from the Silver Valley mine to the smelting works. A small amount of the ore was shipped from the state for experimental purposes.

    The new smelting works did not prove a great success. In 1890 an increase in the silver production in North Carolina was reported, “due to the starting up of the North Carolina Smelting Works at Thomasville.” But evidently no satisfactory method of treating the ore was decided upon; for 1891 was taken up almost entirely in making tests on the Silver Valley ore.

    In 1892 the plant passed into the hands of the New Jersey Smelting Company.