Lot 255
  • 255

India--Early Rail and Steel Industry; ''First Rail Rolled From Tata Steel" dated 1912

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  • steel
  • 13.8cm. high, 14cm. wide; 5½in., 5½un.
section of steel rail track, cut to be used as a desk weight, engraved FIRST RAIL ROLLED FROM TATA STEEL BY THE TATA IRON & STEEL CO. LTD. / SAKCHI. INDIA/ MARCH 18TH 1912 / THE RIGHT HONOURABLE MARQUIS OF CREWE K. G.


Presented to Robert Crewe-Milnes, 1st Marquis of Crewe (1858-1947) by Tata Steel.

Catalogue Note

Tata Steel was founded in by Jamsetji Nusserwanj Tata in 1907 after a visit to England in 1867 where he had been inspired by a Thomas Carlyle lecture about the wealth that a nation could tap into through the control of iron. After extensive investigation by Tata into which region had the richest coal, iron and limestone deposits, construction of the plant began in the village of Sakchi in 1907. After several years of construction, the first steel ingot was rolled out in 1912.