Established 1880 - World's #1 Company for Original Stock Certificates & RM Smythe Old Stock Research Services - Rated A+ by Better Business Bureau

Historic Stock & Bond Certificates                                                                              
RM Smythe Stock Research Since 1880                                                                          

Free Shipping for All Domestic USA Orders
Everything on Sale - Buy Now and Save

Stock Certificates Make Great Gifts
Scripophily is the Gift of History

What our customers say:


Morley Sewing Machine Company - Maine 1890  

Morley Sewing Machine Company - Maine 1890

Product #: newitem60286681

Normal Price: $250.00
Our Sales Price: $195.00

(You Save: 22%)


Beautifully engraved certificate from the Morley Sewing Machine Company issued in 1890. This historic document was printed by J.H. Bufford's Sons and has an ornate border around it with a vignette of the maine State Seal. This item has the signatures of the Company's President and Secretary and is over 115 years old. is a name you can TRUST!
Certificate Vignette is a name you can TRUST!
Patent No. 236,350, granted January 4, 1881,

In 1880 James Morley invented a sewing machine with which to attach buttons to high button shoes. In the ten years that he spent developing the machine, he discovered that he needed buttons of uniform size, which were not then available. So when he organized the Morley Button Sewing Machine Co. in 1890, located then in Beverly, Massachusetts, he began to make buttons as well in the small shingled building below.

The manufacture of buttons came to dominate the business, and the production of sewing machines was discontinued. Shoe buttons were made of fiber, and that technology led Morley to produce fiber-headed nails for upholstery and for electrical wiring. In 1895 the company needed to expand and moved from Beverly to the present location at "the cricket field" in Portsmouth. Within four months the original three-story building was erected, and the business was so successful that Morley became the largest manufacturer of shoe buttons in the world. In 1899 Morley combined with five other plants making shoe buttons. These factories were then closed, giving Morley a monopoly. Frank Jones became president of Morley in this period and erected a power generating plant (at the rear of Gallagher's Place) which also served his brewery and his hotels, the Rockingham and the Wentworth. A fiber mill was set up to make the fiberboard from which the buttons were punched. The button business prospered until World War I, when the military need for leather put an end to high button shoes. Morley moved to apparel buttons and later became the largest manufacturer of mattress buttons. Other products included golf tees, fiber mats for printing newspapers, and, in World War II, gas masks.

Product #: newitem60286681

Normal Price: $250.00
Our Sales Price: $195.00

(You Save: 22%)

Qty: and Old Company Research Press Releases

See Stock Certificate Expert Bob Kerstein, CEO
discuss Stock Certificates in Bloomberg ,  the Associated Press ,
CNBC with Jane Wells discussing the Facebook IPO,
Inside Edition and the Today Show

Subscribe to our New Free RSS New Products Feed in a Reader

Subscribe to Our New Product Additions Feed by Email

We will always maintain our founding commitment to customer satisfaction and the delivery of an exceptional product with an enjoyable shopping experience.  Please let us know how we may be of service to you. Stay Safe!!!

Scripophily has been
fully tested by
Norton Safe

E-Mail Subscription for Scripophily Stock and Bond News - No Charge

Bookmark and Share

Scripophily has been featured on CNN, CNBC, CBS, WSJ, Barrons, and many other fine publications
See in the News at

All Old Stock and Bond Certificates are actual authentic certificates and are sold only as collectibles. We do not sell reproductions and offer a lifetime guarantee to the authenticity of everything we sell.

All Rights Reserved. © 1996 - 2021 is a name you can TRUST!
American Institute of
Certified Public Accountants is a name you can TRUST!
Virginia Society CPA's
Bob Kerstein, Member
Click to Verify Trust Certificate - Yahoo is a licensee of the TRUSTe� Privacy Seal Program is a name you can TRUST!
American Numismatic Association

Securities and Exchange
Commission Historical Society

Society of Paper Money Collectors
Member - Gift of History -  BBB Membership Seal
Better Business
 Bureau Member
Rated A+