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Sources for art history: Catalogue of the pictures of Alfred de Rothschild 1901

Sources for yachting history: Plans for Nathaniel von Rothschild's yacht Veglia 1905

Sources for natural history: Walter 2nd Lord Rothschild and his zebra carriage: c.1910

Sources for global financial history: Map of lines of the Brazil Railway Company: c.1920

Sources for business history: index cards to bank files

Sources for social history: Rothschild Hospital Paris: 1920s

Sources for business history: detail of a Rothschild bond coupon

Sources for architectural history: Halton House: 1890s

Sources for the history of travel: Lionel de Rothschild's tours of Spain: 1909

Sources for local history: Tring Park: c.1900

Sources for Royal history: shooting party with Edward Prince of Wales: 1893

Sources for political history: Lionel de Rothschild: first Jewish MP: 1858

Sources for sporting history: St Amant winner of the Derby: 1904

Sources for local history: gardeners at Aston Clinton: 1899

Sources for Rothschild family history: Lionel de Rothschild's yacht Rhodora: 1927

Sources for London history: entrance to New Court: 1965

Sources for design history: plans for Lionel de Rothschild's Rolls-Royce: 1930

Sources for business history: Rothschild gold bars produced by the Royal Mint Refinery: 1930s

Sources for business history: letters of August Belmont Rothschild Agent in New York: 1860s

The New Court Vitrine: Basket of cancelled bond coupons and bonds, 19th century

The New Court Vitrine, curated by The Rothschild Archive, recalls the cases of treasures and cabinets of curiosity that graced the great Rothschild houses.

Basket of 19th century cancelled bond coupons and bonds issued by N M Rothschild & Sons in London. 

The bond was an important financial instrument of the nineteenth century. A bond, enshrining the contract between borrower and banker, was a valuable document: its holders were entitled to present attached coupons at prescribed intervals to receive interest on their investment, and present the bond itself for return of the principal on maturity.

The first Rothschild bond issue, 1818

With the Rothschild bond issue for Prussia in 1818 as the model for a mutually acceptable contract between borrower and investor, the international market in bonds could be said to have truly begun. This bond made for the first time investing in governments overseas an attractive prospect for the individual. Loans could be denominated in sterling with dividends payable in sterling in London and other financial centres: by these means currency risks were greatly reduced, and with a sinking fund to repay the principal, the schedule for eventual repayment was made explicit to the investor. 

The Rothschild prominence in the London market in government bonds is impressive. It is estimated that between 1865 and 1914 almost three-quarters of this market was handled by N M Rothschild & Sons, either solely or in partnership, many for loans for infrastructure projects such as railways.

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Basket of bond coupons and papers

Basket of bond coupons and papers

Brazilian bond issued by the London banking house in the early twentieth century

Brazilian bond issued by the London banking house in the early twentieth century