D.G. Dery Corporation ( Silk Manufacturer )
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Beautifully engraved SPECIMEN certificate from the D.G. Dery Corporation. This historic document was printed by the American Banknote Company in 1922 and has an ornate border around it. The company was founded by D. George Dery in 1897 for the manufacture of broad silks. By 1920, Dery became the largest individual silk manufacturer in the world, owning 42 factories. D. George Dery was also an officer and director of Bethlehem Motors Corporation. About Specimens Specimen Certificates are actual certificates that have never been issued. They were usually kept by the printers in their permanent archives as their only example of a particular certificate. Sometimes you will see a hand stamp on the certificate that says "Do not remove from file". Specimens were also used to show prospective clients different types of certificate designs that were available. Specimen certificates are usually much scarcer than issued certificates. In fact, many times they are the only way to get a certificate for a particular company because the issued certificates were redeemed and destroyed. In a few instances, Specimen certificates we made for a company but were never used because a different design was chosen by the company. These certificates are normally stamped "Specimen" or they have small holes spelling the word specimen. Most of the time they don't have a serial number, or they have a serial number of 00000. This is an exciting sector of the hobby that grown in popularity and realized nice appreciation in value over the past several years.
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