Bill of lading for a shipment of hardware from Liverpool to Loango (Congo) Africa.
Nice graphic of a ship with both steam and sail, and what looks to be the flag of the Elder-Dempster Co. Also has '6 Pence' revenue stamp.
...to Loango (Congo) Africa, on ship called the 'Nubia'. Shipment sent by P. Ancel Seitz, represented by his agent Paul Lecorneur. This bill is for shipment that consists of 2 Cases of H'ware. Dated 22 August 1892
Folded vertically. Some small smudges, small creases.
17 x 24.75
The Nubia was built in 1879, weighed 1,958 tons, and served until 1899, when it was sold to Mersey SS Co., and renamed Morocco.
The African Steamship Company was a British shipping line in the 19th and early 20th centuries.
In 1864 the African Steamship Company took over the Dominion Line and Beaver Line to begin operating Liverpool-Canada services. The company proved sufficiently successful that in 1869 a rival company, the British and African Steam Navigation Company, was founded, but both companies later came to an arrangement on sailing times. The business of the African Steamship company was purchased by Elder, Dempster and Company, Limited in 1891, who had bought the British and African Steam Navigation Company two years earlier, although both companies continued operating as distinct organisations.
Prosper Ancel-Seitz was a French politician (1846-1930). Owner of a cotton spinning mill, he was president of a omutual insurance company that insured businesses against occupational accidents of the textile industry. He waas also a president of the colonial cotton association and the vice-president of the committee of the foreign trade. He was a delegate in the National Assembly for the Vosges from 1902 till 1906.