New York City check signed by Mayor Fernando Wood, Clerk D. T. Valentine and the comptroller, dated 1855.3 1/2" x 7" Drawn on the Mechanics' Bank, they are printed in red on blue paper and have the usual bank cancellation marks, not affecting Fernando Wood's signature.
Wood (1812-1881) was a merchant, a US Congressman before, during and after the Civil War and the Grand Sachem of Tammany Hall. He was mayor from 1855-1857 and again from 1860-1862. Valentine was a long time city official who wrote annual directories on the city of New York and also wrote a history of the city. Checks are written for street paving expenses, and is endorsed on the back. I have small number of these checks, payee may be different than illustrated. All are in Fine condition.