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#6002 - Alfred Nobel Autograph Letter Signed Estimate: $10,000+

Scarce letter on a patent by the founder of the Nobel Prize

Swedish chemist, engineer, inventor, businessman, and philanthropist (1833-1896) known for inventing dynamite and for bequeathing his fortune for the establishment of the Nobel Prize. ALS in Swedish, signed “A. Nobel,” one page, 5.25 x 8, February 25, 1896. Letter to Oscar Linngstrom about Carl Gustaf de Laval's patent. In full (translated): "It is very interesting that the matter so far has come up to my expectations. But the principle does not seem to be new--to judge by De Laval’s patent—we must first of all find out what has already been done. While this would involve expenses and loss of time it is still cheaper than to carry out something that has been done already. It is possible that only unsuccessful experiments have been made, but it is necessary to know about them and to judge their scope in the way of patents." In fine condition

Carl Gustaf de Laval was a Swedish engineer and inventor who made important contributions to the design of steam turbines and dairy machinery. The 'de Laval nozzle,' used on steam turbines to convert heat energy to kinetic energy, remains in use in modern rocket engines and jet turbines. He also invented the first centrifugal milk-cream separator and developed early milking machines, the first of which he patented in 1894—perhaps the patent which Nobel references here. A highly desirable letter by the man whose name will be forever associated with the iconic Nobel Prize.

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