Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice


    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.

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    April, 2019
    24th-29th Wednesday-Monday
    Internet/Mail Bids: 4
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 94

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    20% of the successful bid (minimum $19) per lot.

    Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Consign to the 2019 December 4 - 6 HKINF World Currency Signature Auction - Hong Kong.

    Learn about consigning with us

    I think heritage is the best auction house and has the best service - that’s why I use you. 
    Sara B.,
    Dubai, UAE
    View More Testimonials receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source:

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search

    Recent auctions

    2019 June 26-28 HKINF World Paper Money Signature Auction - Hong Kong
    2019 June 26-28 HKINF World Paper Money Signature Auction - Hong Kong
    REALIZED $2,686,315