Lot 156: Partly-printed DS, signed "J. D. Rockefeller," one page, 11.5 x 7.25, December 22, 1883. Stock certificate for ten shares in the Standard Oil Trust issued to "Mrs. Fannie M. Freeman." Nicely signed at the conclusion in black ink by Rockefeller as the company's president and countersigned by Henry M. Flagler as secretary. Handsomely double-matted and framed to an overall size of 18 x 14. In fine condition, with expected cancellation stamps to the upper left and lightly textured machine cancellations to the signatures, only partially affecting Rockefeller's last name. After founding Standard Oil as an Ohio corporation in 1870, Rockefeller consolidated the company and his many subsequent acquisitions into the Standard Oil Trust in 1882. This was the nation's very first trust and represented a groundbreaking business concept that resulted in the controversial monopolies of the so-called 'Gilded Age.'
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 453
Sunday, 17th May 2015
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