Stockholm 17 Dec 2013

The Nobel Prize in Sweden thanks to the carriage

We owe it to the carriage that the Nobel Prize is awarded in Sweden today. At the time of Alfred Nobel’s death, there was a conflict between Sweden and France on where his will should be legally registered. The legal authorities reasoned that a man’s homeland is where his main means of transportation are. He had his means of transportation, i.e his carriages and horses, in Sweden and as a result of it the Nobel Prize is awarded in Sweden. Groth & Co has sponsored the exhibition of Alfred Nobel’s carriage and the carriage was displayed with great pomp and splendor for this year’s Nobel Laureates.

The carriage, which was manufactured by Alfred Nobel’s brother Ludvig at his factory in St. Petersburg, has the initials AN. It is also equipped with electric lights invented by Thomas Alva Edison in 1879, i.e. only a few years before the carriage was built in 1882 and the lights still work.

This historically significant carriage had been missing for nearly 100 years and it was found more or less by chance with other carriages from the same period. It can be seen in the foyer of the Karolinska Institute Aula Medica, Nobelvägen 6, Stockholm, until 20 December.

Both Alfred Nobel and Thomas A. Edison were Groth & Co’s clients. “It is fantastic to be here and present this legendary treasure. Our history is united with Alfred Nobel and we present this carriage with great joy since this carriage is the reason that we have the Nobel Prize in Sweden”, says Gunnar Sundkvist, Managing Director at Groth & Co.

An article is published in Svenska Dagbladet newspaper about the carriage (in Swedish), 17 December 2013

 

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Photographer: Ulf Sirborn

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Above from left:  2013 year’s three Nobel Laureates in Medicine; James E. Rothman, Thomas C. Südhof and Randy W. Schekman and The Karolinska Institute principal Anders Hamsten.
Photographer: Professor Björn Meister

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Gunnar Sundkvist, Managing Director at Groth & Co.
Photographer: Professor Björn Meister

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Information board about Groth & Co and the Power of Attorney from Alfred Nobel to Groth & Co. Photographer: Professor Björn Meister

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Photographer: Ulf Sirborn

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Alfred Nobel’s initials on the carriage.
Photographer: Professor Björn Meister

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