Judson Manufacturing Company 1887 - Oakland, California - Signed by Egbert Judson ( Giant Powder Dynamite Inventor )

Judson Manufacturing Company 1887 - Oakland, California - Signed by Egbert Judson ( Giant Powder Dynamite Inventor )

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Judson Manufacturing Company 1887 - Oakland, California - Signed by Egbert Judson ( Giant Powder Dynamite Inventor )

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Beautifully engraved SCARCE certificate from the Judson Manufacturing Company issued in 1887. This historic document has an ornate border around it with a vignette of a sunset in San Francisco Bay. This item is hand signed by the Company’s President and Founder ( Egbert Judson ) and Secretary and is over 116 years old. The certificate is also sign by its Trustees, Henry Lee Dodge and George J. Ainsworth.
Certificate Vignette The company was founded in 1882 and the operations comprised of a complete bridge and structural steel shops, machine shop, foundry and pattern shop and bolt and nut shops. They were equipped with oil heating furnaces and two 10 inch on one 16 inch bar mill. They had operations in Emeryville and Oakland California. Egbert Judson (1812 -1893) was an important inventor and manufacturer of explosives. He is said to have the first Assay House in San Francisco in 1852 and was one of the organizers in 1867 of the San Francisco Chemical Works ( Judson & Sheppard ). In 1867, 3 pounds of dynamite were made at their plant and used in a trial blast of boulders. This is considered to be the first manufacturer and use of dynamite in the United States after the invention of dynamite by Alfred Nobel in 1866. The trial was successful and led to the formation of the Giant Powder Company in the same month. Judson also formed the Judson Powder Company and patented his "Giant Powder, No. 2" in 1873. Giant Powder was for a long time a synonym for dynamite in the United States. In Webster's dictionary, "Judson Powder" is defined as a blasting explosive containing sodium nitrate, sulfur, coal, and a little nitroglycerin. Henry Lee Dodge was born on January 31, 1825, to Nathan and Hannah Dodge in Vermont. Little is known of his early life in New England. In 1849, he set out westward with a party of New Englanders. They were the first party to make the trip to San Francisco via Vera Cruz, Mexico, overland to San Blas, and thence by sail to San Francisco, arriving June 1, 1849. Dodge immediately set out for the mines, but he was quick to realize that there were greater opportunities in San Francisco than in the gold mines. After a few months he returned to San Francisco and became secretary of the town council. The next year he became Town Clerk under Mayor Colonel Geary, and in 1852 he opened a law practice. In 1856, he left the law practice to establish a wholesale provision business later known as Dodge-Sweeney & Company. In 1861, Henry Dodge became a town supervisor, and in 1863, the year that he helped found The Firemans Fund, Dodge was elected to the state senate. In 1877, he was appointed superintendent of the United States Mint in San Francisco, and in 1885 he was made president of the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce. A long-time president of the Society of California Pioneers, Henry Lee Dodge was not only a founder of Fireman's Fund, but, through his civic and business service, a founder of San Francisco. He died in 1901, at the age of 76.

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