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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: Vesta case of Alfred de Rothschild, 1885

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 and enamel Vesta Case with a facsimile Great Eastern Railway train ticket, first class return St Pancras to Newmarket, the reverse engraved 'AdeR 1885' for Alfred Charles de Rothschild (1842-1918), London 1884, Mark of Sampson Morden.

In 1832 William Newton in England patented a wax and cotton match with a tip of phosphorus, naming his matches after Vesta, the Roman goddess of fire and the hearth. Small containers to house these friction matches were introduced in the early 1830s to guard against accidental combustion, and they became known as ‘vesta cases’. Pocket vesta cases became popular, many taking whimsical forms.

Notable English makers of vesta cases included the silversmiths Mappin & Webb, Sampson Mordan, and Asprey & Co. Sampson Mordan (1790-1843) was a British silversmith and a co-inventor of the first patented mechanical pencil. S. Mordan & Co. continued to make silverware and brass items until 1941, when their factory was destroyed in the London Blitz.

Alfred de Rothschild (1842-1918)

Alfred was the fourth of five children of Lionel and Charlotte de Rothschild. He attended Trinity College, Cambridge where he studied Mathematics and formed a lasting friendship with the Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII), both men sharing a love of the turf. Aged 21, Alfred became a Partner at N M Rothschild & Sons at New Court, briefly serving as Senior Partner from 1915-1918.

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