Lot 49: Eleven Honorary Keys Given to Contributors to Synagogues, Yeshivot and Jewish Institutes - England and the USA, 1927-1975
January 29, 2014
Jerusalem, IsraelLive Auction
Eleven Honorary Keys made of silver and brass, with engraved decorations and dedications. Given to contributors to synagogues, yeshivot and Jewish institutes in the USA and England during 1927-1975.
~ Five Honorary Keys given on behalf of communities and institutes in the USA: 1927-1944:
1. A large key, given on behalf of the Ohav Emeth community (New Jersey, USA). On one side is the inscription "Donated by Mr & Mrs Freund" and in the other side: "To The Cong. Ohav Emeth Anshe Ungarn, September 11, 1927". Cast brass. Length: 33.5 cm.
2. Key, given to Lazerus and Ethel Greenhill, on behalf of the Hebrew Ladies Home For Aged in Brooklyn, New York. October 16, 1927. At the end of the key is a Star of David with an engraved decoration and the inscription "Moshav Zekenim" (Hebrew). Cast brass. Length: 15.5 cm.
3. Key to the side entrance of the synagogue of the Beth Tfiloh community in Baltimore, March 6, 1927. Given to Oscar Caplan (?). Silver (unmarked). Length: 15.5 cm.
4. Key, given as a token of appreciation to Philip Rosenthal and his wife, on behalf of the Bialystoker Home for the Aged in New York. September 24, 1944. At the end of the key is a Star of David. Cast brass. Length: 21 cm.
5. An especially large key, at its end is a Star of David (without a dedication). Cast brass. Length: 36 cm.
~ Six Honorary Keys made of silver, given to the brothers Arthur and Walter Hubert on behalf of yeshivot and Jewish communities in England, 1969-1975:
6. A key given to Arthur Hubert on behalf of the Jewish community of Whitefield (Manchester), in honor of the opening of the community's synagogue, April 27, 1969. Silver (marked). Length: 10.5 cm.
7-8. Two different keys given on behalf of the Gateshead Yeshiva - Beit Yosef in England, in honor of opening a new lecture hall, November 19, 1972. One was given to W. [Walter] Hubert, and the other was given to A. [Arthur] Hubert. Silver (marked). Remnants of gilding. Length: 11 cm.
The Gateshead Yeshiva (near Newcastle, England), one of the largest most prominent yeshivot in Western Europe, was founded in 1929. During the Holocaust, the yeshiva was a haven for hundreds of young men from Germany who received visas to enter England following the yeshiva's request.
9-10. Two keys to the Hubert Wing of the Manchester Yeshiva, given to Arthur Hubert on January 14, 1973. Silver (marked). Remnants of gilding on both. Length: 13 cm.
11. Key given on behalf of the Jewish Hillock community (Manchester) to Arthur and Walter Hubert, in honor of the opening of the community's synagogue, October 19, 1975. Length: 9 cm. Arthur Hubert was born in Schlüchtern (Germany), son of a family who traded in metals. After the Kristallnacht, he was sent to the Buchenwald concentration camp. After liberation, his family moved to Frankfurt, where his younger brother Walter studied at the Philantropin School. Later, they moved to England. In 1948, Arthur founded his own business and following the economic success of his business, began a widespread philanthropic career. He and his brother contributed funds to yeshivot, synagogues and many Jewish organizations.
Total of 11 keys. Good condition.