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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

July 2014: the wedding of Leopold and Marie, 1881

Treasure of the Month: The collections of The Rothschild Archive London contain over two million pieces of paper, volumes, files, photographs, artefacts and art works. Each month the archivists will highlight a particular treasure from the collections.

A fine romance

The wedding of Leopold de Rothschild (1845-1917) and Marie Perugia (1862-1937), 1881 

The wedding of Leopold and Marie in 1881 caused a great stir in the international press, not the least because of the presence of the Prince of Wales at his first Jewish ceremony. The groom was one of London's most eligible bachelors and the bride a beautiful 18-year-old from Trieste, whose sister, Louise, was already well known in London as the wife of Arthur Sassoon, confidant of the Prince of Wales. Among the detailed newspaper reports itemising the gifts presented by the guests are two small entries that are of particular interest ot the staff at The Rothschild Archive, for they reveal the existence, recorded nowhere else, of "lady clerks" from New Court, the London bank.

The Rothschild Archive holds a small collection of items gathered together by one of the clerks at the time, Mr Burge, whose son also worked at New Court and who presented the items relating to the wedding to the Archive in 1995. It is not unusual to find that several generations of one family have worked for the Rothschilds. The wedding ephemera includes a silk purse, an invitation to view the gifts (at the home of Alfred, the groom's brother, at 1 Seamore Place), a menu card for dinner and a programme of music.

RAL reference: RAL 000/454 and RAL 000/2019

Documents and souvenirs of of the wedding

Documents and souvenirs of of the wedding

Report in The Graphic of the marriage of Leopold and Marie de Rothschild 1881

Report in The Graphic of the marriage of Leopold and Marie de Rothschild 1881