HUNGARY. Actie. black, buff. No 678. Very large format, with folds and several edge-tears including a little paper loss. Well-repaired and hardly affecting the printed part of the share. A very decorative share, showing the company steamship on Lake Balaton, with other shipping and a landscape of hills in the background. Border of vines and grapes. Also angels holding the arms of Hungary. Text in Hungarian and German. Lake Balaton (German: Plattensee) is the largest lake in Central Europe, and one of the region's foremost tourist destinations. The main promotor of this early Balaton Company was Istvan Szechenyi. He became president of this company, which was founded in 1846. The first steamship was built at the Obuda shipyard, and the steam-engine to power it was bought from the Penn Co. in England. The ship, named Kisfaludy, after a poet, was launched at the port of Furedi, on 21 September 1846. It carried 300 passengers in comfort, and was expensively fitted-out with a white-and-gold interior décor, and columns of mahogany. The ship had a restaurant and a library. For a long time it was the only steamship on the lake. From 1872 the Zala Somogyi Company operated a service with more modern boats, using screws rather than paddle-wheels but the Kisfalady continued in service for many years. From 1888 the number of ships on the lake increased sharply, with the formation of the new Balaton Steamship Company. The original Balaton Shipping Company still exists, and provides regular ferry services along and across the lake, with the frequency much increased in summer to serve the many tourists. Another point concerns the vines border. Wine-production was very important around Lake Balaton at this date, but later the industry was completely destroyed by the phylloxera lice. We believe one or two major Hungarian collectors own this piece, but to the best of our knowledge, it has never before been offered in any auction. Top piece. Rarity 10.
AUSTRO-HUNGARIAN EMPIRE, HUNGARY
Startprice: € 2000