Albert Schweitzer Memorial, Gold commemorative medal, 7.5cm (3"), 420.9g, 24 carat, by Toye, Kenning and Spencer, Ltd., bust of Albert Schweitzer right,
Lot 591
Albert Schweitzer Memorial, Gold commemorative medal, 7.5cm (3"), 420.9g, 24 carat, by Toye, Kenning and Spencer, Ltd., bust of Albert Schweitzer right,
Sold for £13,320 (US$ 22,430) inc. premium
Lot Details
Albert Schweitzer Memorial,
Gold commemorative medal, 7.5cm (3"), 420.9g, 24 carat, by Toye, Kenning and Spencer, Ltd., bust of Albert Schweitzer right, R.hand holding a cross, MISSIONARY THEOLOGIAN HUMANITARIAN PHILOSOPHER DOCTOR MUSICIAN. In original case of issue and certificate. Extremely fine. (1)

Footnotes

  • Albert Schweitzer was a German and, after the World War I, French theologian, organist, philosopher, physician and medical missionary.
    His love for organ music particularly Wagner's and Bach's works led him soon to become a prominent musical scholar and organist.
    He also felt close to philosophy and religion. A Lutheran since birth, Schweitzer challenged both secular and traditional Christian view of Jesus.
    He also resolved that as a Christian, he would pursue his younger interests until the age of thirty, and then, he would give himself to serving humanity, with Jesus as an example, in order to pay back the world for some of the happiness he was given. He re-joins university to start a Doctorate of Medicine. Once finished his studies, he began his career as a medical missionary at Lambaréné, in what is now Gabon. There, he and his wife built a hospital where he would work for over thirty years.
    Although criticized sometimes of being paternalist and colonialist in his attitude towards Africans, Schweitzer received the Nobel Peace Prize of 1952.
    From this moment until his death in 1965, he worked against nuclear tests and weapons with Albert Einstein, Otto Hahn and Bertrand Russell. He died in his beloved hospital in Lambaréné. His grave is marked with a cross he made himself.

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Saleroom notices

  • Please note that it is 22 carat and not 24.
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