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A GOLD MINIATURE ESTHER SCROLL CASE, POSSIBLY INDIAN, DATED 1928-29

Estimate:

10,000 - 15,000 USD

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A GOLD MINIATURE ESTHER SCROLL CASE, POSSIBLY INDIAN, DATED 1928-29

A GOLD MINIATURE ESTHER SCROLL CASE, POSSIBLY INDIAN, DATED 1928-29

Estimate:

10,000 - 15,000 USD

Lot sold:

18,900

USD

A GOLD MINIATURE ESTHER SCROLL CASE, POSSIBLY INDIAN, DATED 1928-29


of tik form, the cylindrical case engraved with Hebrew inscription within circle, domed top chased with stylized flower sprays, angled baluster handle, fitted with a scroll of Esther, ink on parchment

3 oz 15 dwt including scroll

116.6 g

length 6 in.; 15.2 cm

height of scroll 1 15/16 in.; 5 cm

missing bead finial, otherwise good


In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion.

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Rabbi Solomon David Sassoon of Letchworth (1915-1985), and by descent

Circular inscription: “The young lad Sliman Dahud Sassoon, may God protect and keep him and lengthen his days in happiness.”


Center inscription: “The year [5]689 [1928-1929].”


(Both inscriptions repeated on the first panel of the scroll.)


Given the date, this piece was probably a Bar Mitzvah gift to Solomon David Sassoon, born in 1915. Although growing up in England, the lack of British hallmarks suggests that this case was made elsewhere, perhaps as a gift from a relative in Bombay or Shanghai.