Petroleum and Trading Corporation


SKU: 3403bl
Product Details

Nicely engraved antique stock certificate from the Petroleum and Trading Corporation dating back to the 1920's and 1930's. This document, which carries the printed signatures of the company Vice President and Assistant Secretary, was printed by the Security Bank Note Company, and measures approximately 11 1/2" (w) by 7 3/4" (h).


This certificate's fantastic vignette features an allegorical female figure sitting on a throne. Behind her a pair of beautiful scenes. A train crosses a bridge in front of an oil field on the left, and a wharfside oil refinery can be seen at the right.

You will receive the exact certificate pictured.

    Historical Context

    The Petroleum and Trading Corporation primarily dealt with investing in oil securities, and was one of Carl H. Pforzheimer's companies.

    After the dissolution of Standard Oil Company in 1911, Carl Pforzheimer was a "pioneer" in the trading of old Standard Oil shares and underwriting issues of companies that resulted from the break up of Standard Oil . After he formed Carl H. Pforzheimer & Co. he focused on the oil and gas industry, The NY Times wrote that the firm was "instrumental in the underwriting of the securities of a number of oil companies at a time when Wall Street had developed little interest in the petroleum industry."

    This piece is issued to Carl H. Pforzheimer & Co.