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Sources for business history: catalogues of bank files

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

Rock crystal seal of Anselm Salomon von Rothschild

The Rothschild Archive London has recently acquired the gift of a beautiful rock crystal family seal.

000/2285 

c.1840

German rock crystal seal

Seals, bearing the Rothschild family crest would have been used for sealing family letters and documents. This 7cm long seal looks to be unused, so it is likely to have been a decorative piece.

Anselm Salomon von Rothschild (1803-1874), was the first of his generation to be enlisted into the ranks of the Rothschild family firm. His general education in Berlin university was brought to a fairly swift conclusion so that he might focus his mind more closely on matters of business. The family fears that he might pursue other careers no doubt stemmed from his many talents.

Anselm's introduction to business was in Paris, where he served as his uncle James's apprentice. He entered the family partnership in Frankfurt and married into the English House on 11 September 1826, taking as his bride Charlotte, the oldest daughter of Nathan. His father's Viennese House came under his complete control after the upheavals of 1848.

In common with his uncles, Anselm collected a large number of honorary titles, but, like his cousins, he was able to participate in political life, and in 1861 became a member of the Imperial House of Lords in Vienna. His contribution to Viennese life was prodigious: numerous medical, artistic and general social foundations owed their existence to his generosity.

Members of his family remembered Anselm's wit, imagination and amusing talk. His son, Ferdinand, thought that his father's collecting tastes were rather underdeveloped, but Anselm's Dutch paintings provided a valuable source of instruction for his children.

Anselm died on 27 July 1874. He left five large estates to his sons, including Schillersdorf, Beneschau and Enzesfeld.

Baron Anselm Salomon von Rothschild (1803-1874)

Baron Anselm Salomon von Rothschild (1803-1874)

Baron Anselm's seal

Baron Anselm's seal