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L'Africaine, Banque d'Etudes et d'Entreprises Coloniales, SA, Bruxelles, established in 1898, Action de Capital de 100 Fr au porteur, Extraordinary beautiful Jugendstil design: in blue colour, graceful woman standing on globe, waving Belgian flag, god Mercury of the trade as a young black man, elephant teeth lying around, landscape and sea. VF/EF, no folds, few wrinkles, a beauty to frame !, price 98 Euro.
----- Compagnie des Installations Maritimes de Bruges, 4,5 %
obligation de 500 Fr, 1909, # = 6000, only 2 colors; blue and brown
but further the same beautiful design as the multicolored one above,
some stains in
upper border (not or hardly visible when framed), price f 195 = 89
This obligation is rarer, in terms of numbers issued, than the more colourful share.
Compagnie Générale Coloniale pour le
Développement du Commerce & de l'Industrie au Congo, S.A.
Constituée en 1898; Siège Social: Bruxelles; capital Social 7.500.000 Francs, augmenté en 1899 à 1.500.000.
Size: 32 by 42 cm; 4 vignettes, see 100 kb. picture: 1) freigh train in mountain (9 by 3,5 cm), ship in port (9 by 3,5 cm), local harbour with steam-sail ship and many local proahs (14 by 7 cm), 2 elegant women, one western and one African, with 2 coats of arms, before a western and an African harbour (23 by 6,5 cm);Lith.: de la Cote Libre; design: Ch. Posch;
----------, 1898, blue border, Part de Fondateur au porteur; condition F: several folds (somewhat irregular and less clean), border wrinkles, minor stains and 3 cm tear in lower border, but still suitable for framing and displaying, 50 Euro.
----------, brown border, Action de Capital au porteur, condition VF: several folds and a faint stain, but a beauty to frame !, 125 Euro.
Dette Publique de Belgique
Rente 35, 2e Serie, Obligation au porteur de 1000 francs, 1925
Beautiful blue border with 10 vignettes, 8 times a woman representing Limbourg. Liege, Namur, Flandre Occidentale, Anvers, Hinault, Luxembourg et Flandre Orientale, + lion of Belgium and chariot with four horses; 2 blue seals of Belgium, one Dutch orange tax stamp; design: Jean Malvaux Soc. A. / Privat.del; print: E. Glyot, Bruxelles, VF, not cancelled, no coupons, according to GET catalogue. never auctioned, 95 Euro
Trust Colonial, S.A.
Bruxelles 1899, Large illustrations of 2 elegant ladies, Mercurius attributes, world map and Jugendstil border decoration. Nice to frame.
---------- Action de Capital, red design and text, VF/EF: 35 Euro; VF 25 Euro
---------- Action de Dividende, blue design and text, VF, 35 Euro
L'Ikelemba SA, established 29-10-1898, Action de dividende, issued 1898, siege social: Congo Belge; siege administratif: Bruxelles, Capital Social 500.000 Fr., didvided in 5000 actions de capital de 100 Fr and 5000 actions de dividende (with similar certificate designs), # = 5000 + 5000 = 10.000; action de dividende, condition UNC, 26 * 35 cm, exceptionally decorative and a beauty to frame ! Designed by V. de Coen; f 375 = 170 Euro.
Illustrations: in the top: armour, flags and text "travail et progres"; bottom: Mercury helmet and staff and some spears; left: African womancarrying a basket with fruit on her head and a man, squatting with another basket,; right: palm tree; lower half: freight train and steam/sail ship in harbour. See lower part / see top part
The company owned an estate of 1000 hectares in the Ikelemba valley and planted rubber, cocoa and coffee. A collapse in rubber prices in 1908/9 appears to have killed the company. Facsimile signature of the Comte de la Barre d'Erquelinnes (Source: Boone, auction catalogue June 1998).