Fair certificate containing vignettes and scenes related to agriculture, horticulture, and industrial arts. At the top, a female allegorical figure, sits upon a rug-covered throne with her arms outstretched. She is flanked by symbols of agriculture, including wheat, farm produce, and livestock. On the sides, vignettes depict tools and products of the book arts and fine arts, a threshing machine, a steam locomotive, and stems of flowers, and a grape vine. At the bottom, a historical scene of Egyptians slaves, in front of the pyramids and under the view of an overseer, cutting wheat with sickles is contrasted to a farmer harvesting his field with a horse-drawn reaper. The Pennsylvania State Agricultural Society was founded in 1851 by representatives from 50 counties with the object to "foster and improve agriculture, horticulture, and the domestic and household arts." The first annual exhibition of the society was held the same year., Not in Wainwright., Issued to Henry Disston & Sons, Phila. on Sept. 30, 1885 for improved carpenter tools. A. W. Seiler, Secretary. A. Wilhelm, President., Seal of the society with ribbon pasted on the recto., Philadelphia on Stone, POSP 56, Historical Society of Pennsylvania: Certificates - Pennsylvania State, Inscribed on verso: Wm. D. Disston, Feb. 19, 1956., Left side water stained and torn.
Faber, Harman, 1832-1913, artist
Historical Society of Pennsylvania HSP Certificates - Pennsylvania State