Shredded Wheat Factory, Landmark Presentation Desk Weight, 1936
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32cm (12.75in) x 13.5cm (5.25in) x 10cm (4in)
Silver. Paper or desk weight modelled as Louis de Soissons’ le Corbusier inspired grain silos designed for the 1926 Nabisco complex, aka the Shredded Wheat factory at Welwyn Garden City. The base with openwork inscription and dates ‘1915 / 1 9 / 1936’. Commissioned by Kampsax executives Per Kampmann, Otto Schiødt Kierulf and Jørgen Saxild and designed by Aage Weimar, the son of the Georg Jensen’s rival Evald Nielson. Facsimile autographs to one end of the execs. Maker’s mark Evald Nielson, Master of the Goldsmith's Guild of Copenhagen. Hallmarked 925.
When western civilisation succumbs it may well be the reinforced concrete structures created by the likes of Peter Lind and Co that survive for future archaeologists to ponder - the mighty Phoenix Caissons sunk off Gold Beach, Arromanches, Normandy for use by British and Canadian invasion forces in 1944, being among them. Peter Lind founded his company in 1915. Its eponymous owner having qualified as an engineer at Copenhagen Royal Technical College in 1911. Lind landed a job in London intending to return to Denmark until the outbreak of the Great War secured a longer stay. The war offered many opportunities and Lind’s new company's flourished not least by the production of reinforced concrete coalpit linings. In 1917 Lind entered into a partnership with the shipbuilding giant Swan Hunter to produce concrete tugboats and barges. During the interwar period Peter Lind & Company became Britain’s most innovative reinforced concrete contractor. An accolade sealed into history with the construction of the futuristic Art Deco inspired silos for The Shredded Wheat Company at Welwyn Garden City in 1926.