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Heir to the Ford Motor Company, Edsel Ford Signed Stock Certificate

1p partially printed, measuring 7.75" x 4", Hamilton, Ohio, dated November 18, 1919. Signed "Edsel B. Ford" as Vice President of the Hamilton and Rossville Hydraulic Company. A certificate, No. 253, for 10 shares in the company at $50 each, entitled to E.G. Liebold. Countersigned by B.R. Millikin as Secretary. Decorated with an ornate black border. Signed on verso by Liebold and marked as "Cancelled" on May 19, 1920. The certificate has edge toning and minor edge tears. Uneven left edge due to being torn from a larger book. Minor contemporary ink soiling. Boldly signed by Ford.

Edsel Ford (1893-1943) was the son of industrialist Henry Ford and president of Ford Motor Company from 1919 until his death in 1943. During his tenure, he designed the Lincoln Zephyr and Continental, and he modernized the company's cars by introducing hydraulic brakes to the cars' designs. Ernest G. Liebold (1884-1956) was the personal secretary of Henry Ford. He was hired in 1910 and quickly gained the confidence of Ford as "the best financial mind in the country." Henry Ford even went so far as to give Liebold power-of-attorney for himself and his wife. His power faded by the early 1930s, however, and he was replaced by Frank Campsall in 1933. He continued to work for Ford for 11 more years, and finally retired in 1944.

This item comes with a Certificate from John Reznikoff, a premier authenticator for both major 3rd party authentication services, PSA and JSA (James Spence Authentications), as well as numerous auction houses.


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