Result list 16 October 2021

The results of our October 16 sale are now online. Unsold items can be obtained in our aftersale until Nov 14 (first come, first served). .

Lotnumber: 356
BRABANT. BRUXELLES. Action de 250 Florins. black. #552. No 182. A few miniscule holes near the bottom. The company was formed in Brussels in 1727, under a concession granted by Kaiser Karl VI of Austria to hunt for whales. The whole capital was subscribed by only 9 persons. The whale-fishing vessels sailed from Ostend to Greenland and Spitzbergen; on their return the catch was sold by auction. The certificates are printed on handmade paper with a fine watermark, and decorated with an amusing engraving of a whale. Signed by five of the shareholders, including the Prince de Rubempre (today part of the Mérode family) and the Marquis de Herzelles. Excellent condition. This is one of the four extremely early companies (meaning before 1750) in what is today Belgium of which shares have been preserved (the othersbeing the East India Co. of Ostende, "VaisseauFlandria" and the "Compagnie van Vischvaert" from Nieuwpoort). Surely the world's oldest share of a whale catching company.
Themes: BEFORE 1800, FISHERY
Province: BRABANT
Date: 31 January 1728
Quality: VF-EF
Startprice: € 1000