PARIS. Part Bénéficiaire. green. No 685. Folds, several edge-splits and small bits of paper missing from the left border. Formed Paris 1893 by the engineer Ernest Bazin to finance the building of a ship to a new design. A first vessel - a platform on six very large rollers, 10 meters in diameter, which were turned to move the ship along - was built. The demonstrations, on the Seine at Rouen in 1897, were a disaster. It was expected that the ship would move at some 30 knots, but it reached only 6 or 7. The power was inadequate, the propeller too small, and the rollers acted more as brakes than moving the ship forward. The experts saw no way to alter the design without creating new problems. It seems that the brilliant idea was abandoned. The share is designed by Métivet, and signed by Bazin. It has a fine view of the ship at speed (and inscribed Havre - New York - an ambitious designer). Also shipping, trains, two lovely ladies in art nouveau/Jugendstil and a pretty border. Extremely rare piece, with a moderate start price because of the not so good condition.
Date: 15 December 1893
Startprice: € 200