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Sources for business history: plans of New Court

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 keeping of a humidor of the finest cigars was as much a part of entertaining in the great Rothschild houses as an extensive wine cellar.

Arthur de Rothschild (1851-1903) was a great smoker and travelled to London and Hamburg two or three times a year for supplies of Grunbaum, Morriss and Hesse cigars. He chose his cigars with the utmost care, bringing back Coronas, Hupmanns, Henri Clays, and so on. He kept them in lead-lined, glass-fronted cabinets to protect them against humidity and changes of temperature. He only smoked one from each box, later giving them as gifts to friends and staff of the Bank and railways. He claimed that he would never have dreamt of giving them a present of cigars which had not first been sampled.

During the 1880's, London financier, Leopold de Rothschild (1845-1917) instructed the famous Hoyo de Monterrey factory in Havana to make a short cigar with a large ring size so that he could enjoy the richest flavour possible without have to take the time smoke a full-length cigar. The ‘Rothschild’ cigar is still made today.

The cigar maker Zino Davidoff created a special cigar for Baron Philippe de Rothschild (1902-1988). The Zino Mouton Cadet cigars were made to compliment the Baron's Mouton Cadet wines. 

Invoice dated 23 January 1872 sent to Sir Anthony de Rothschild (1810-1876) from Leopold Oppenheim an importer of Havana cigars.

Invoice dated 23 January 1872 sent to Sir Anthony de Rothschild (1810-1876) from Leopold Oppenheim an importer of Havana cigars.