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Sources for business history

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: Casket of civil decorations conferred upon James Mayer de Rothschild, 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.

A collection of Civil Decorations contained in an antique box awarded to Baron James Mayer de Rothschild (1792-1868), by nations and governments in recognition of banking and financial services undertaken by the French House of Rothschild to sovereign clients.

Decorations identified include:

  • Order of the Medjidie (Turkey)
  • Order of St Vladimir (Russia)
  •  Order of St Stanislaus (Russia)
  • Legion d’honneur (France)
  • Order of the Iron Crown (Austria)
  • Order of the Tower and Sword (Portugal)
  • Order of St Anna (Russia)
  • Order of the Red Eagle (Prussia)
  • Order of the Golden Lion (Hesse-Kassel)
  • Order of Leopold (Belgium)
  • Order of Isabella the Catholic (Spain)
  • Royal and Distinguished Spanish Order of Charles III (Spain)
  • Order of the Crown of Italy (Italy)
  • Order of the Saints Maurice and Lazarus (Vatican/Italy)

James, founder of the French banking house. was in Paris from the age of 19, co-ordinating the purchase of specie and bullion for his brother Nathan (1777-1836) in London. Originally trading as J M Rothschild, James changed the name of the firm to de Rothschild Frères with himself and his brothers, Amschel (1773-1855), Salomon (1774-1855), Nathan (1777-1836) and Carl (1788-1855) as partners. By 1823 the Paris House was firmly established as banker to the French government. After the death of Nathan in 1836, James took over the reins of the family firm and became the trusted adviser of ministers and kings. The Paris House continued to fund many loans to European governments, and developed new business including investment in raw materials, railway construction and manufacturing industries.

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