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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: Ceremonial presentation key, Brondesbury Synagogue, 1905

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 silver gilt and enamel Ceremonial presentation key, presented to Lionel de Rothschild (1882-1942) on the occasion of his opening of the new Brondesbury Synagogue, London on 9 April 1905.

Members of the Rothschild family supported synagogues across London, offering both financial and practical assistance. Active in Anglo-Jewry, Lionel de Rothschild became a Partner at New Court in 1915, becoming Senior Partner in 1923. In 1905 Lionel performed the official opening of the new Brondesbury Synagogue and was gifted this decorative enamelled presentation key as part of the ceremony. The key has an elaborately decorated enamelled handle with the cipher 'L de R.'

The Brondesbury Synagogue

In the mid-19th century the Jewish population in north-west London was increasing. In 1900 the first meetings of Brondesbury Synagogue were held, and in 1905 a new synagogue was constructed in Chevening Road. In 1923 a new synagogue, the Willesden Green and Cricklewood Synagogue, was opened to ease overcrowding in the Brondesbury Synagogue. It became a constituent synagogue of the United Synagogue in 1931 and changed its name to Cricklewood Synagogue. The original 1905 building was destroyed by fire in 1965; the site is now occupied by a Shia mosque.

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