Sherman - Williams Company - Ohio 1917

Sherman - Williams Company - Ohio 1917

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Sherman - Williams Company - Ohio 1917
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Beautifully engraved RARE SPECIMEN certificate from the Sherman - Williams Company. This historic document was printed by the American Banknote Company around 1917 and has an ornate border around it with a vignette of the company's early logo.
Certificate Vignette Henry A. Sherwin pooled his resources to buy a stake in a corporation called Truman Dunham & Co. The firm sold painter’s pigments, linseed oil, colors, brushes and other products for furnishing and decorating. Although this option was the "least remunerative" of his choices, Sherwin believed the paint industry promised the brightest future. After all, this was the post-Civil War era, circa 1866, and the Cleveland area, his hometown, was experiencing an economic boom. It stood to reason that northeastern Ohio -- as well as the rest of the nation -- would be undergoing significant building and development. Sherwin’s business plan was to not only develop and market coating options (that’s paint) for corporate America, but he also wanted to aggressively tap into a relatively new market -- the homeowner -- and provide these newly prosperous "do-it-yourselfers" with a high quality, ready-mix paint. Sherwin partnered with Edward P. Williams, who joined Sherwin in the late 1860s after dissolving his partnership with a small glass company in Kent, Ohio. Although both knew the company’s potential, neither could have dreamt that in a very short time the name Sherwin-Williams would become recognized for quality products and superb customer service. Sherwin Williams is a global producer of paints and coatings with a rich history of innovation. Since its founding by Henry Sherwin and Edward Williams in 1866, the company has taken the lead in service and product advances. From developing dry chemical pigments, brushable lacquers and synthetic enamels, to being the first paint company to offer an emulsified finish, Sherwin-Williams has continually pushed the envelope of coatings technology. The Sherwin-Williams Company has more than 2,200 company-owned stores in 50 states and is the U.S. market leader in distribution and sales of coatings and coating-related products. Sherwin-Williams has yearly revenues exceeding $5 billion and is ranked among the top U.S. Fortune 400 companies, while setting standards of excellence within the coatings industry 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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