ALFRED NOBEL and NITROGLYCERIN
Collection relating to the Nobel prize and to Alfred Nobel's first company and the production of nitroglycerin, mainly originating from the archives of Nobel's first company, Nitroglycerin Aktiebolaget, and the personal collection of its director Sigurd Nauckhoff (1879-1954), comprising:
(i) Silver-gilt medal captioned 'Nobel/ The medalet for the participants in the choice of The Nobel laureate(s) in literature/ the Swedish Academy/ Artist. Eric Lindberg, 1901', Swedish maker's mark 'MY' on rim, with date R10 (1991, the committee awarded the prize to Nadine Gordimer that year), obverse of medal with portrait of Nobel facing left, engraved 'Alfr. Nobel Nat. MDCCCXXXIII Ob. MDCCCXCVI', reverse with Swedish royal emblem of three crowns surmounted by a larger crown, engraved 'Reg. Acad. Scient Svec', window-mounted and framed, the medal 27mm. in diameter, overall frame size 330 x 270mm.
(ii) Collection of 39 volumes on nytroglycerin, explosives and related science, some in English or Swedish but mostly in German and with the bookplate of Nitroglycerin Aktiebolaget or of Nauckhoff himself, one signed by him and another signed by his father Gustav, pencilled company location references in many volumes, some bound in contemporary half or quarter calf gilt, others in uniform red cloth or original bindings, 8vo, mostly early twentieth century
(iii) An attractive display group of mounted dynamite fuses and detonators, with identifying printed captions in Swedish, framed and glazed, display case size 415 x 358mm.
(iv) Electrotype relief portrait of Nobel, signed 'K. O. Broady' on the plate, printed label on reverse ('K. Fintlings, Elektrogalvaniska Fabrik, Luntmakaregatan 42, Stockholm'), framed, overall 250 x 205mm.