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*Esperanza Consolidated Oil Company _SPECIMEN, First coupon “NOV A.D. 1910” United States of America, Gold bearer bond for $1000. No marks indicating this is a specimen except #000, thus possibly a proof. Green under print (coupons too) with central vignette of Spanish horseman gazing upon oil fields. Each of the 40 coupons ($30) has a vignette of a woman with flower in hair on this superb San Francisco document.

Charles Brewer (1804 - 1885) descended from a Brahmin Boston family with roots back to the Mayflower. C. Brewer & Co., Ltd. the oldest surviving company in Hawaii, also one of Hawaii's "Big Five", which dominant the economy of Hawaii.

*C. Brewer and Company, Limited – SPECIMEN and “printers proof”. Company founded in 1826. this specimen/printers proof has the stub folded back with the document extending about 2 extra inches beyond the binding mark. 'Ink purple' borders, $100 stock, multiple vignettes of the company building, dock side warehouse, portrait of founder, and another of company’s first president.

*Hawaiian Bell Telephone - Issued 11-29-1883 to Mrs. M. D. Hall. Certificate #60 for 12 shares. E. P. Adams and J. F. Brown signed for the company. Date of incorporation handwritten in on this first issue type, limited to just 1,000 shs. Uncanceled. Endorsed on the front of the stub by a family member. Solid condition, very close to unissued examples.

Hawaiian Bell Telephone {Kingdom of Hawaii} Honolulu, originally printed in 1880. A temporary stock certificate used as first issue, limited to only 1,000 shs at $10 each. No vignette but red border & printing. Less than 85 were issued of an original 150-200 print run. Printed by A. Carlisle & Co., S. F. This was the first telephone stock.


*Newport Manufacturing Company - 1838 Proof

This rare, 170+ year-old proof for $1000 Capitalization. Extremely detailed & beautiful vignettes along left, central and border. "1838 Proof of which 2 exists" (per R.M. Smythe & Co.). Printed by “Chas. Toppan Co., Phila.”, on a heavier paper stock, unlike most proofs, which are printed India paper. This is a primary document of early Industrial Revolution history!

A history of the original Newport Manufacturing Company… (

“ [cut]… The Newport Manufacturing Company has depended principally for its supply of Hemp on the production of Mason County of which Maysville is the market this season they have not been able to get a supply at Maysville, and it is a remarkable fact in the history of Hemp manufacturers in Kentucky that this Company, owing to the scarcity and high prices of Hemp in Kentucky, has imported the present season 354,201# of Russia Hemp."

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