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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

Exhibition - Celebrating our Jewish collections

7: Commemorative album for the marriage of Leopold de Rothschild to Marie Perugia, 1881

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

This album was one of several privately printed by the family, containing contemporary press reports of the wedding and descriptions of the wedding presents. Among the detailed newspaper reports itemising the gifts presented by the guests are two small entries that are of particular interest to the staff at The Rothschild Archive, for they reveal the existence, recorded nowhere else, of "lady clerks" from New Court, the London bank. This volume includes pieces of the broken glass from the marriage ceremony inset into a roundel on the cover; traditionally, after the bride has been given the ring, or at the end of the ceremony, the groom breaks a glass, crushing it with his right foot, and the guests shout congratulations.

Further material relating to their engagement and wedding (including the marriage 'ketubah' and the pen used by the Prince of Wales at the ceremony) will be found in the collections of the Archive, together with a small collection of items gathered together by one of the clerks at the time, Mr Burge, whose son also worked at New Court. 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.

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