Manufacturers Bank, Brooklyn


PMG Very Fine 25
This striking red and black note was issued right at the end of the bank’s run as a state bank. In fact it was issued the day before Lee surrendered his army at Appomattox, for all intents and purposes ending the Civil War. Heritage states it is “one of the most attractive Brooklyn notes we have seen.” Vignettes of an allegorical female representing “The Arts” and a sailor at the helm of a ship are complemented by a red overall tint and red and white 1-ONE-1 protector. PMG notes only a penciled “Annotation” on the back that has no impact on this note’s beauty; it is believed to be an early (but unknown) pedigree or cost code.
Formerly the Mechanics Bank of Williamsburg until 1858, the bank was re-titled as the Manufacturers Bank of Brooklyn in that year and continued in business until 1865 when it became the Manufacturers National Bank of New York.
From The LII Collection