British, Share Certificates (2)
Great Britain, Tyne and Wear, Gateshead, John Abbot and Company Ltd, Share Certificate for £100, 29 August 1881, no.597, to James spittall of Douglas (Isle of Man), embossed company seal with anchor at lower left, printed by Andrew Reid of Newcastle; Gateshead Park Works, Trade Card for John Abbot & Co, c.1840-1850, signed by their representative John Payne.
First with pinholes top left, about extremely fine, the second good very fine, a very rare pair.
The company started in the late 18th century as a small local workshop, by 1889 it employed 1500 to 2000 workers and was the second largest engineering firm at Park Works. They made railway engines, water pipes, hydraulic presses, safety lamps and metal tacks. However, more efficient production elsewhere forced voluntary liquidation in 1909. Sold with further details about the company. (2 Certificates)