Schweden - Briefe 1784
GOTHENBURG 19 th JUNE 1784 folded entire letter to Guernsey written by member of the Swedish East India Company about "three cargos just arrived from China... prices must go very low, particular for Boheas of which there are a large proportion...we shall have a small vessell... to load for your Island", signed by John Hall and co.
A RARE LETTER ON THE CHINA TRADE OF THE SWEDISH EAST INDIA COMPANY TO AN EXCEPTIONAL DESTINATION.
The Swedish East India Company (Swedish: Svenska Ostindiska Companiet or SOIC) was founded in Gothenburg, Sweden, in 1731 for the purpose of conducting trade with the far east. The venture was inspired by the success of the Dutch East India Company and the British East India Company and grew to become the largest trading company in Sweden during the 18th century, until it folded in 1813.
The main cargo from China as of value was tea, in an overview from 1774 its share was about 90%. Much of the tea was re-exported and smuggled into England, undercutting the prices of that country´s own trade monopoly. The other important item was porcelain, accounting for about 5% of the cargo´s value. Over the years its estimated that some 50 million pieces of porcelain was imported by the SOIC.
The Boheas (tea) were consumed by the lower Classes—the Manufacturing Classes; the Souchongs, the Pekoes and Hysons, by the higher Classes.
verkauft / sold