Nicely engraved antique stock certificate from the United States Ceramic Tile Company dating back to the 1970's. This document, which carries the printed signatures of the company Chairman of the Board and Secretary, was printed by the Security Bank Note Company, and measures approximately 12" (w) by 8" (h).
This certificate features a vignette of an allegorical female figure leaning on a pedestal and some books.
The roots of this company date back to 1916 when the company was formed as the United States Roof Tile Company. In the 1930's, the renamed United States Ceramic Tile Company invented and patented the process of manufacturing glazed rivot-backed ceramic tiles for vehicular tunnels. To aid in the war effort during World War II, United States Ceramic Tile was asked to use their various tunnel kilns to anneal alloy steel bars and tubing for several Canton and Pittsburgh area steel manufacturers.
In the 1950's U.S. Ceramic Tile began diversifying it's holdings by acquiring and adding a number of ceramic-related companies. During the 1960's the company pioneered the research that lead to the development of the first fast-fire™ roller-hearth kilns.
In 1999 United States Ceramic Tile Company was acquired by Compania Roca Radiadores, a leading Spanish manufacturer of ceramic tile.