ALFRED NOBEL and NITROGLYCERENE. Collection relating to the Nobel prize and to Alfred Nobel's first company and the production of nitroglycerin
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ALFRED NOBEL and NITROGLYCERIN
£3,000 - 5,000
US$ 4,900 - 8,200

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ALFRED NOBEL and NITROGLYCERENE. Collection relating to the Nobel prize and to Alfred Nobel's first company and the production of nitroglycerin ALFRED NOBEL and NITROGLYCERENE. Collection relating to the Nobel prize and to Alfred Nobel's first company and the production of nitroglycerin
ALFRED NOBEL and NITROGLYCERIN
Collection relating to the Nobel prize and to Alfred Nobel's first company and the production of nitroglycerin, mainly originating from the archives of Nobel's first company, Nitroglycerin Aktiebolaget, and the personal collection of its director Sigurd Nauckhoff (1879-1954), comprising:
(i) Silver-gilt medal captioned 'Nobel/ The medalet for the participants in the choice of The Nobel laureate(s) in literature/ the Swedish Academy/ Artist. Eric Lindberg, 1901', Swedish maker's mark 'MY' on rim, with date R10 (1991, the committee awarded the prize to Nadine Gordimer that year), obverse of medal with portrait of Nobel facing left, engraved 'Alfr. Nobel Nat. MDCCCXXXIII Ob. MDCCCXCVI', reverse with Swedish royal emblem of three crowns surmounted by a larger crown, engraved 'Reg. Acad. Scient Svec', window-mounted and framed, the medal 27mm. in diameter, overall frame size 330 x 270mm.
(ii) Collection of 39 volumes on nytroglycerin, explosives and related science, some in English or Swedish but mostly in German and with the bookplate of Nitroglycerin Aktiebolaget or of Nauckhoff himself, one signed by him and another signed by his father Gustav, pencilled company location references in many volumes, some bound in contemporary half or quarter calf gilt, others in uniform red cloth or original bindings, 8vo, mostly early twentieth century
(iii) An attractive display group of mounted dynamite fuses and detonators, with identifying printed captions in Swedish, framed and glazed, display case size 415 x 358mm.
(iv) Electrotype relief portrait of Nobel, signed 'K. O. Broady' on the plate, printed label on reverse ('K. Fintlings, Elektrogalvaniska Fabrik, Luntmakaregatan 42, Stockholm'), framed, overall 250 x 205mm.

Footnotes

  • "Nitroglycerin Aktiebolaget was Alfred Nobel's very first company. The manufacture of nitroglycerine on an industrial scale started there as early as 1865, and for more than fifty years the Vinterviken factory was to deliver Nobel explosives and blasting devices of various kinds for civil engineering, with a steadily expanding capacity. Alfred Nobel's revolutionary inventions - the blasting cap and dynamite, patented in 1863 and 1867, respectively - formed the basis for operations at Vinterviken. After Nobel's death in 1896, his shareholdings in Nitroglycerin Aktiebolaget as well as in all other Nobel companies around the world were liquidated, providing the financial basis for the Nobel Prizes... In 1965 the name Nitroglycerin Aktiebolaget was changed to Nitro Nobel" (Official Web Site of the Nobel Prize).

    The books include: WALKE (WILLOUGHBY) Lectures on Explosives, New York, 1902; NAOUM (PHOKION) Nitroglycerene and Nitroglycerene Explosives, 1928; NORDENSTRÖM (G.) and A.W. CRONQUIST. Om Nitroglycerinhaltiga Sprängämnen, Stockholm, 1880 (2 copies); MEYER (OSWALD) Geshichte des Elektroeisens, Berlin, 1914; SPIEGEL (LEOPOLD) Der Stickstoff und Seine Wichtigsten Verdibungen, Braunschweig, 1903; ESCALES (RICHARD) Schwarzpulver und Sprengsalpeter, Leipzig, 1914; VOIGT (A.) die Herstellung der Sprengstoffe, Part 1, Halle, 1913; KAST (H.) Spreng- und Zündstoffe, Braunschweig, 1921; VENNIN (L.) and G. CHESNEAU. Les poudres et explosifs, Paris & Liège, 1914; Jahrresbericht I [-X] der Chemisch-technischen Reichsanstalt, 10 issues in 2 vol., Berlin, 1920-1929.
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