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    Absolutely the quintessential western stock certificate.

    Buffalo Bill's Wild West Company Stock Certificate, March 21st 1887. Truly a great work of art with one of the most important and memorable of all Western themes- the Wild West Show. This certificate, numbered 156, was issued to N. (Nate) Salsbury for five shares and is signed by N. Salsbury as treasurer. 8.5 x 12.5" with black print on crème paper with orange under print and safety print. Incorporated under the laws of New Jersey and printed by the American Bank Note Co., New York Lithograph. This certificate is beautifully illustrated with detailed and intricate vignettes decorating the entire face; they include an Indian on horseback, a portrait of Buffalo Bill Cody, a cowboy on horseback holding a rifle, two Indians hunting bison on horseback, a western homestead scene, and a man chopping down a tree with two small children and two oxen nearby. The piece also has exceptionally decorative borders and corner designs. We are only aware of two of these stock certificates to be in private collections.

    Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show was formed in 1883 and performed for the first time in Omaha. The Wild West Show was founded by Buffalo Bill and Nate Salsbury and was a great success, with performances thrilling audiences all over the country until 1913, when Bill sold the production. This certificate is issued to and signed by N. Salsbury, the manager and primary owner of the show. Salsbury was an orphan from Illinois, who served with the Union Army during the Civil War. After discharge he became an actor and playwright, forming a successful acting group in 1875 known as the "Salsbury Troubadours." In 1894, he established "Black America", a performance group with a cast of 600 black actors, singers, and acrobats. A rare item worthy of the finest Western Americana or Scripophily collections.

    Condition: Extremely fine.


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