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Locality: 
South Crofty Mine, Pool, Carn Brea, Cornwall, United Kingdom
Class: 
Artefact
Size Range: 
Museum (18cm plus)
Size: 
21 × 17.2 × 0.01 cm
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Alfred Nobel is a name we all recognised in connection with the "Nobel Prizes'.  A Swedish chemist who invented dynamite in 1867, and which was used extensively in mining and the building of transport networks internationally. Eight years later he invented gelignite, more stable and powerful than dynamite. Inevitably his invention was used in warfare which troubled Nobel greatly. In 1888 Alfred's brother Ludvig died while visiting Cannes and a French newspaper mistakenly published Alfred's obituary. In this they condemned him for his invention of dynamite and stated "The merchant of death is dead". 

Nobel's response was to bequeathed his fortune to institute the Nobel Prizes, notably that for Peace.

This rare, historical, little piece of memorabilia is an invoice to South Crofty Mine for Gelignite from the Nobel Explosives Company ironicly dated only one month after the start of World War I.

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