Intricately engraved antique stock certificate from the Kropp Forge Company dating back to the 1940's. This document, which carries the printed signatures of the company President (Roy A. Kropp) and Secretary, was printed by the Northern Bank Note Company, and measures approximately 11 1/4" (w) by 7 3/4" (h).
This certificate's vignette features a pair of detailed iron work scenes.
Many American metal working plants owe their origin to Swedes who emigrated to this country and set up shops. One of these was Charles A. Kropp, whose grandfather and great uncles established the Kropp Forge Company at Annefors, Sweden, in 1837, using water powered hammers.
Charles A. Kropp established the Sundbert-Kropp Company in Chicago, after experience as a journeyman hammersmith. The company name was changed to Kropp Forge Company just prior to World War I.
Kropp Forge made a good record on armament production during World War I, and continued to expand afterwards, by enlarging the plant and installing the most modern new equipment.
When America participated in World War II, Kropp set up the Kropp Forge Aviation Company, for the production of airframe forgings. Other materiel production included parts for guns, tanks, engines and ships.