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    Boston, MA- "Carbon Illuminating Gas" Rights Certificate "2" Mar. 15, 1860 (ca. 1861) Very Fine.
    It is hard to describe what exactly the purpose of this certificate is. Essentially the holder of an 1860 patent to produce a usable formula for gas to be used in lighting applications was selling the rights to make and use his product to individuals, perhaps for $2. Once the fee was paid, the formula was revealed and written on the certificate itself for the proud new owner's reference. This large format certificate, printed in red, appears to date from around the early days of the Civil War with a "My Country" vignette being given a prominent location. While it would be interesting to make up a batch of the formula to see if it really works, do not try this at home! The certificate is completely intact with a few folds and period notations written on the back.


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