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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: Map of Frankfurt, c.1845

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

Map of Frankfurt, 1845. The Rothschild family can trace their orgins back to the 1450s in Frankfurt. 

The Rothschilds in Frankfurt

Mayer Amschel Rothschild (1744-1812), was born in Frankfurt, a major centre of trade. In 1757, with the help of relatives, he secured an apprenticeship at the banking firm of Simon Wolf Oppenheimer in Hannover before returning to his brothers' business in Frankfurt in 1763. He became a dealer in rare coins, and in 1769 gained the title of 'Court Agent', managing the finances of Wilhelm I (later Wilhelm IX), Landgrave of Hesse-Kassel. In 1810, he renamed his firm M A Rothschild und Söhne, establishing a partnership with his sons.

The Frankfurt Judengasse

In the eighteenth century, the Jews of Frankfurt were required to live apart from the Christians in a single narrow lane called the Judengasse, or Jews' Alley, under strict regulation. The 'Rothschild' family surname was derived from the house where a Rothschild ancestor lived, under the sign 'zum Roten Schild' (at the Red Shield). On August 29, 1770, Mayer Amschel married Gutle Schnapper, and the following year, she gave birth the first of their ten children. By 1784 the family had moved to larger house in the Judengasse, the House at the Green Shield, which later became a ‘Rothschild’ museum. The area suffered major destruction during the Second World War, and reconstruction has left no visible signs of the Judengasse in the Frankfurt of today. 

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Detail from a map of Frankfurt c.1845

Detail from a map of Frankfurt c.1845

The House of the Green Shield

The House of the Green Shield