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Auction No. 17 - 07.02.2018

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LOT: 026

Siddur and Psalms, Offenbach, 1802/1805. Rare.

NusachAshkenaz, with the parshiyot, selichot, prayer for Yom Kippur Katan, yichud, psalms. With laws and commentary on Psalms in Yiddish translation. Special cover for the Book of Psalms. Printed by Segel, Offenbach 1802 (Psalms)/1805 (prayers). See the Bibliographic Factory listing 0320600, in which it is written that in 1805 three different releases of the Seder HaTefilla were done in Offenbach and thus there is a doubt whether they were actually all printed that year. | Symbol of the printers with a gazelle. Stains and tear drops. Leather binding. [3], 2-152, 136, 36, 8;p 96, 16 pages. 18cm. Generally very good condition. Rare.
Item sold at $450 Starting at $450
LOT: 027

SeferHaChinuch, Venice 1523—first edition. Partially missing copy.

Collection and explanation of the mitzvot. Attributed to Rabbi Aharon bar Yosef HaLevi of Barcelona. First edition, printed by Daniel Bombirgi. Binding, cover page, and a number of the first and last pages are missing. Stamps of ownership. Moth marks. Professional repairs to some of the pages. The copy before us has 345 pages, starts on page 5 and ends on 350 (the original has 357 pages. 25cm. Generally ok to good condition.
Item sold at $1000 Starting at $200
LOT: 028

Lot of 6 pictures of rabbis.

Among them are pictures and portraits of Rishonim: the MaharitzHayot, Maharsha, Don Yitzhak Abarbanel, the PriChadash, Mahari Assad, the Maggid of Kozhnitz, and more. Picture of the Damesek Eliezer, the Mekor Baruch of Saret-Vizhnitz. Different sizes and conditions, generally good.
Item sold at $260 Starting at $150
LOT: 029

Postcard—picture of the ImreiEmet of Gur in the resort town of Marienbad.

Stamped and with postcard. On the back is a letter in Polish (content not checked). Stamp of the postal service (Marienbad, July 9, 1918). On the front is a picture of the Admor on a walk in the resort town, dressed in a fur hat. On his side are his sons and a retinue of rabbis. 9x14cm, generally very good condition.
Item sold at $150 Starting at $100
LOT: 030

Lot of 13 shanatova cards, pop-up. 20th century.

Different sizes and conditions. 7 are printed in color. Each has a different illustration: a bride and groom under their chuppah, the Binding of Isaac, putting tefillin, taking out a sefertorah, studying torah, the chagseudah, and saying a drash. On some is written “A Happy New Year.” On some of them is written Made in Germany. Generally good condition. 5 are torn and damaged in bad condition. Some have decorations made from cutting work, with flowers. One has a picture of doves. 7.5x11cm.
Item sold at $220 Starting at $100
LOT: 031

Medallion of the ChatamSofer, 20th century, Slovakia.

Bronze medal with the image of the ChatamSofer, with a leather box. On the front of the medallion is an embossed relief of the ChatamSofer, in his hands is an open book. The years of his birth and death are listed, and in the background is the cityscape. On the other side is written in English and Slovakian: Museum of Jewish Culture, Slovak Republic.” Stamped medallion, diameter 7cm. Very good condition.
Item sold at $350 Starting at $100
LOT: 032

Part of a sefertorah given in a wooden case. Includes a dedication and silver finials. Turkey, 20th century.

Written by hand on klafparchment. Includes a dedication on a silver plaque plus a pair of finials made of silver. Weight: 6kg. Height of the case: 55cm. Diameter of the case: 32cm. Finials are 24cm tall. Generally good condition.
Item sold at $1000 Starting at $1000
LOT: 033

Sefer Torah written by hand on klafparchment. Germany, end of the 18th century.

Nice Ashkenazi handwriting. Uniform writing throughout, complete and readable. Special tags. AtzeiHayyim mix wood and bone. Height of the parchment: 43cm. The atzeihayyim: 90cm. Generally good condition. Not sold as kosher!
Item sold at $1500 Starting at $700
LOT: 034

Sefer Torah written by hand ongevil parchment. North Africa, 19th century.

Uniform, readable, complete writing. AtzeiHayyim made from wood carving, handmade, in the shape of hands, with the addition of decorations from silver and copper. Height of the parchment: 50cm. AtzeiHayyim: 118cm. With a velvet cover with silver decorations of leaves and plants. In the middle is a hand and the dedication “Dedicated to Hashem for the repose of those killed in Israel’s wars and Avraham Maman.” Generally good condition, not sold as koshser!
Item sold at $3200 Starting at $1500
LOT: 035

Miniature sefertorah on gevil parchment, the smallest in the world! Includes a wood housing and a pair of silver finials (rimonim). Algeria, end of the 19th century.

Nicely handwritten, only 17cm. Height of the writing: 13cm. The smallest known in the world! Includes a wooden housing made by a woodcarving artist. At the top of the housing is a carving of 12 lyres (for the 12 tribes) and a delicate carving by hand of plants and flowers (professionally done). Height of the housing: 44cm. Includes a pair of decorated silver finials with flowers, hand done via hammer work, cutting, welding. Stamped with the name of the artist, C.L., and engraved dedication “dedicated to Hashem in memory of David Shitrit.” Height: 24cm. Weight: 602g. Most likely Algeria, end of the 19th/beginning of the 20th century. Very good condition.
Item sold at $10000 Starting at $10000
LOT: 036

Megillat Esther on klaf parchment. Turkey, 19th century.

Handwritten by a sofer. Ink on parchment. Special tags on the top lines. With a tail, wound about an etzhayyim in the shape of a tower, made of wood, with an engraving of Yoel b. Aharon. Some of the letters are One parchment was added later in a different handwriting. smudged, a few stains and corrections. Kashrut not determined. Size: 7 pieces of parchment, 21 lines per column. Height of the parchment: 16.5cm, length: around 280cm. Height of the etzhayyim: 40cm. Generally good condition.
Item sold at $750 Starting at $500
LOT: 037

Megillat Esther on klaf parchment. Turkey, 1850 approximately.

Written in handsome sofer script on brown parchment. With decorations between the columns and leafs drawn at the beginning and end of the megillah. Tear and light holes on the two first columns and the last one. A number of corrections in the body of the megillah. The kashrut of the megillah was not checked. Size: 4 pieces of parchment, 37 columns, 14 lines per column. Height: 11cm. Generally ok to good condition.
Item sold at $500 Starting at $450
LOT: 038

Megillat Esther written by hand on klaf parchment. Italy, beginning of the 19th century.

21 lines per column, height 14cm. Includes a wooden etzhayyim. Handsome, uniform writing. Holes and defects on the first column. Probably Italy, beginning of the 19th. Ok to good condition.
Item sold at $190 Starting at $150
LOT: 039

Miniature megillatesther written by hand on klaf parchment in a silver housing. Europe, 19th century.

With a twisting upper handle. A number of corrections and taping in the body of the megillah. Height of the parchment: 5.5cm. 14 lines per column. Height of the housing: 12cm. Total weight: 100g. Stamps (“GRAVE”) and more. Generally ok to good condition.
Item sold at $1000 Starting at $1000
LOT: 040

Megillat Esther in a handsome silver housing, Europe, beginning of the 20th century.

The silver housing is decorated with engraving, embossing, and hammer work. The base is decorated with plants and floral images. The case has decorations of scenes from the megillah: Achashverosh stretching his golden staff out to Esther, Esther’s party, Haman taking Mordechai on a horse. Very handsome handle. Diameter of the base: 20cm. The body: 10cm. Height: 63.5cm. Weight including the megillah: 2.136kg. Good condition.
Item sold at $3000 Starting at $1000
LOT: 041

Ivory housing for a megillah, with a section inside from the prayer u’NetanaTokef on klaf parchment. Europe, beginning of the 20th century.

Decorated with engraving work of a Star of David, inside is a section from the prayer. At the beginning and end is a Star of David. Height: 14cm. Probably Europe, beginning of the 20th century. Missing the outer portion that connects to the megillah. Abrasion and light defects to the housing. Generally good condition.
Item sold at $220 Starting at $200
LOT: 042

Pretty ivory housing for a megillah, inside is a Song of Songs megillah on klaf parchment. Israel, beginning of the 20th century.

Decorated with an engraving of “this is what is done to a man” (Haman leading Mordechai on a horse), oil jugs, plants and flowers. Inside is a megillah of the Song of Songs written nicely on parchment. Height: 23cm. Probably Israel. Very good condition.
Item sold at $2200 Starting at $300
LOT: 043

Song of Songs written, colored, and illustrated on parchment. 2001. Unique, wonderfully pretty item.

Beautiful handwriting, with wonderful illustrations, done by the artist Yaakov Daniel. On the cover is a circular inscription of “ShirHaShirim” and in the center are a bride and groom surrounded by flowers in all colors. Inscribed in sofer script “written by Y. Daniel, in the holy city of Jerusalem, 2001.” On each page around the text are wonderful illustrations of plants. People and animals. At the beginning of each chapter is a colorful frame with the letter (number) of the chapter. 4 wonderful illustrations between the chapters as well. In total, 22 pages. Handsome leather binding. 17x27cm. Excellent condition.
Starting at $8000
LOT: 044

Saragossa Megillah colored and illustrated with ink on klaf parchment—Spain, 19th century. Extremely rare item.

Sofer handwriting in ink, illustrated using a variety of colors. At the beginning is an illustrated tail, under each column is illustrated a scene from the megillah (see below). Each column is surrounded by an illustrated frame with gates, oil jugs, and plants. They use pastel colors that withstand the test of time—Illustrations that are hundreds of years old remain as fresh as the day they were drawn. Purim Saragossa is a day of thanks celebrated on 18th of Shvat, in order to note the miracle that took place in 1380 or 1420 in Saragossa (Spain). It is also called Purim Sheni. The miracle was written about in a special megillah read as a celebration on this holiday. The event took place when the king, called Sargosanos in the megillah, came to the city—Jews came out to bless him while holding sifreitorah from 12 synagogues in the city. At a certain point the rabbis decided that in order to preserve the sanctity of the sfarim, the reception would only take place with the empty cases, while the books themselves would remain in the synagogues. A convert named Marcus told the king, who was furious, but who decided not to punish the Jews without checking first to confirm their guilt. He went to Saragossa accompanied by Marcus, and decided that when the Jews came out to receive him, he would order them to open the cases suddenly and see if it was the truth. In the night before the visit, Elijah the Prophet appeared in a dream shared by the gabbays of the 12 shuls, and ordered them to return the sifreitorah to the cases. The next day when the king suddenly asked them to open the cases, he found the books inside. He ordered Marcus hanged, and the Jewish community was saved. The miracle was written in a special megillah read in synagogues of emigrants from Saragossa every 18th of Shvat. Every time Marcus’s name was read, people would make noise using noisemakers and would stamp on the floor. In the Sefardi shul of Nahalat Shiva in the center of Jerusalem, the tradition is to, at the end of Arvit of Friday night, to open the Ark and show the place where the reading will begin the next day, a unique tradition whose roots lie in the Miracle of Saragossa. Dimensions: Height: 15cm, length: around 135cm. 2 pieces of parchment, 10 columns. Generally very good condition.
Item sold at $6500 Starting at $2000
LOT: 045

Kitzur Shulchan Aruch, Landsberg camp—Germany, 1947. Rare.

Translation into Yiddish. Authored by Rabbi HayyimYeshayaHaKohenHalbersberg, the Admor of Rahov, 1848-1910. Published by the Kiddush Hashem Kollel in the Landsberg camp. On the last page is a table in memory of those killed. Stamp of the Kollel. Rare item, only one other book is known to have been published by the Kollel. Soft binding, disconnected. [1], 80 pages. 20cm. Generally ok to good condition.
Starting at $100
LOT: 046

Wooden horse toy. Russia, end of the 19th century.

Wood and iron, likeness of a bicycle, including a wooden helmet covered in leather and metal. 3 wheels. Height: 60cm. Length: 55cm. One stirrup is disconnected. The horse’s tail is missing. Ok to good condition.
Starting at $300
LOT: 047

Handsome chess board. 20th century.

With soldiers, made of decorated brass. The board opens to reveal the set. Height of the pieces: 17 to 19cm. The board is 42x42cm. A matching velvet covering for the board. Beautiful, excellent condition.
Item sold at $240 Starting at $100
LOT: 048

Table clock made of wood, brass, bone. 20th century.

At the top is a brass eagle. On either side on columns are lions, and on the columns are two angels made of bone. The clock has a brass frame made with cutting work. The face of the clock has the engraving of a Star of David and the engraving “Zion.” Around the watch are the letters of the alef bet on parchment, added later. The mechanism is hand-twisted (not checked if it works). Dimensions: 14x13x4cm. Generally good condition.
Item sold at $280 Starting at $150
LOT: 049

Table clock made of wood, brass, with Jewish motifs. 20th century.

At the top is a crown. In the center are lions, the face of the clock has the engraving of Hebrew letters on parchment (Added later), and a Star of David made of brass in the middle. The clock is made by combining wood and brass, a wooden board standing on 4 brass legs. Hand-turned mechanism (wasn’t checked to see if it works). Dimensions: 23x16x13cm. Generally good condition.
Item sold at $350 Starting at $150
LOT: 050

Pair of shoes for a girl, wood covered in silver. North Africa, 19th century.

Decorated with embossing work of plants and flowers. North Africa, 20th century. Dimensions: 15x5x8cm. Probably used by the Amida family. Good condition.
Item sold at $900 Starting at $200