Dodge Brothers, Inc.

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Beautifully engraved RARE SPECIMEN certificate from the Dodge Brothers, Inc. This historic document was printed by the American Banknote Company and has an ornate border around it with a vignette of an allegorical man.
Certificate Vignette In 1914, John and Horace Dodge, founders of Dodge Brothers, Inc., were known for their toughness - a rugged reputation that extended from their manufacturing and mechanical skills to the society scene of Detroit. Born in Niles, Michigan, the brothers were extremely close professionally and in private life. John Francis Dodge was born October 24, 1864; Horace Elgin Dodge was born May 17, 1868. They learned to build bicycles in their father Daniel's machine shop in Niles. As young men, they took their bike-building skills to Ontario, Canada; in 1901 they set up shop in Detroit, forming Dodge Brothers, Inc. and manufacturing bicycles. As the new century unfolded, the brothers' machine shop grew and converted to the manufacturing of automobile parts. Their chief customers were the Olds Motor Works and the Ford Motor Company. The brothers were a complementary business team: John Dodge was In 1928, Chrysler acquired the much larger Dodge Brothers, Inc. from the New York banking firm of Dillon, Read & Co., for $170,000,000. The bankers had purchased the company from Dodge family a few years earlier, after the death of the two Dodge brothers. Dodge became a division of Chrysler 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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