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 Posted 04/02/2019  5:28 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add GregAlex to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Most collectors pay little attention to the back sides of old bonds. For the most part, these are simply utilitarian -- a place to record the transfer of bondholders. Bonds were often folded in quarters and so a title panel was frequently included, but nothing fancy.

But there are a few bonds that the issuers decided to dress up, paying an extra price to the banknote printing firm for additional engraving. My suspicion is that these bonds tended to be riskier investments (think junk bonds), so the issuing company did everything they could to make them appear impressive. This was definitely the case with West Shore Railroad.

As I go through my collection now, I've been checking the backs to see what surprises I might find. I'll post the most interesting ones that I come across.



















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 Posted 04/02/2019  5:48 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add oriole to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I want to cash in the one payable in $1000 of gold coin! I wonder when that became worthless.

50 ounces of gold...
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 Posted 05/26/2019  5:57 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add GregAlex to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I got busy with the scanner today after going through a batch of bonds. The lathe work on these is outstanding!











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I got busy with the scanner today after going through a batch of bonds. The lathe work on these is outstanding!
Very nice!
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 Posted 06/03/2019  5:15 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add GregAlex to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
And the rest of the batch...
















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 Posted 07/07/2019  02:03 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add GregAlex to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Found three more nice ones...





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 Posted 07/24/2019  9:53 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add CelticKnot to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Man these are nice. Really looking good.

@GregAlex, above you said...

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The lathe work on these is outstanding!

Lathe? I guess I'm used to a wood or metal lathe and I can't see how one of those lathes would have been used to create these... Can you explain? Thanks!
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The lathe used to create the image on the plate?

I'm having a difficult time visualizing how a lathe would be used to create the engravings. Perhaps eccentric turning?
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Perhaps. I am ignorant here, but I would not be surprised if some of those patterns are easier to create on a rotating cylinder than on a flat surface.
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If you imagine the patterns made by an old Spirograph, that is the basis of a geometric lathe. These were first invented to do ornamentation on jewelry, pocket watches and things like Faberge eggs. But someone realized that if you engraved the patterns on to a flat metal plate you could then use it for intaglio printing as well.

Here is an article and video about a rose engine lathe that shows it retty well:
https://makezine.com/2018/03/22/beh...rose-engine/
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 Posted 09/06/2019  5:33 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add GregAlex to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Here's another bond back with a nice figure incorporated.

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