A Polish (Galician) brit milah (circumcision) set knife, 1794; wooden engraved case 1793 the box completely hand-carved of sandalwood;
Lot 74
A Polish (Galician) brit milah (circumcision) set
knife, 1794; wooden engraved case 1793
the box completely hand-carved of sandalwood;
Sold for US$ 7,500 inc. premium
Auction Details
Fine Judaica
New York
10 Dec 2013 13:00 EST

Auction 21388
A Polish (Galician) brit milah (circumcision) set knife, 1794; wooden engraved case 1793 the box completely hand-carved of sandalwood; A Polish (Galician) brit milah (circumcision) set knife, 1794; wooden engraved case 1793 the box completely hand-carved of sandalwood; A Polish (Galician) brit milah (circumcision) set knife, 1794; wooden engraved case 1793 the box completely hand-carved of sandalwood; A Polish (Galician) brit milah (circumcision) set knife, 1794; wooden engraved case 1793 the box completely hand-carved of sandalwood;
Lot Details
A Polish (Galician) brit milah (circumcision) set
knife, 1794; wooden engraved case 1793
the box completely hand-carved of sandalwood; divided into two partitions, one compartment for the knife and the other compartment for the flask (missing). Box has a Hebrew date of 1793 on the front center, flanked by two birds with an additional two birds by lid and the reverse displaying two stylized griffins. With period brassware and handmade nails. All connected with two brass latches and loop that are period, corresponding to the date.
length of knife 12.2 cm (4-3/4 in)
width of shield 4.5 cm (1-3/4 in)
length of box 20 cm (8 in)

Footnotes

  • The knife is dated to 1794 with period inscription alluding to Abraham and his son in the Biblical Akeidah story. The name of the owner is Schmuel son of Meir. Top portion is removable, which is a useful compartment for the circumcision ceremony.
    See Norman Kleeblatt and Vivian Mann, Treasures of the Jewish Museum (New York: Universe Publishing, 1986), p. 36.
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