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Southpaw and I have been having an interesting conversation on another thread regarding the Excelsior Bank Note Company. This was a little known firm that was launched in the mid-1870s by John Wellstood. It was created primarily, I believe, in an attempt to win a lucrative government contract to print the early national banknotes. That effort failed and soon after so did the company. It appears that Franklin Bank Note Co. bought Excelsior's printing plates.

I have four vignette proofs engraved by Excelsior that I thought I'd post here. I've seen the owl on a later stock certificate produced by Franklin BNC, and the gleaner on a sample bond that Excelsior printed. If anyone can point to usages for the other two, I like to hear about it!

Excelsior Gleaner.jpg 
Excelsior Blacksmith.jpg  Excelsior Manufactures.jpg  Excelsior Owl.jpg 

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