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Elegant Umbrella of Rebbe Maharash of Lubavitch – With Letter of Authenticity Signed by His Great-Granddaughter Rebbetzin Chanah Gurary

Umbrella of Rebbe Shmuel Schneersohn – Rebbe Maharash of Lubavitch.
Golden silk umbrella; folding bone and wood handle, with metal clasp (decorated with foliate designs and birds).
Letter of authenticity enclosed (handwritten note, in English), signed in Hebrew by his great-granddaughter Rebbetzin Chanah Gurary (1899-1991), eldest daughter of Rebbe Rayatz: "I hereby gift… the… umbrella of the Rebbe Maharash my great-grandfather. According to what my father told me, during his trip to Paris, once it was raining very hard for a few days and the Maharash bought this very fancy umbrella. In French it was called "Ombrelle marquise"… my father told me many stories of how the Maharash did things in a very עשירות'דיקע way. This umbrella… was an example of that". Dated 17th September 1989.

Rebbe Maharash, the fourth rebbe of the Chabad dynasty, was the first Chabad rebbe to visit France. Between 1828 and 1881, the Maharash paid several visits to France, whether to stay at health spas and consult doctors or for communal matters. According to the enclosed letter, this elegant umbrella was purchased during the course of one of the visits of the Maharash to Paris.
Many testimonies are recorded of the opulence with which the Maharash conducted himself, of which this umbrella is an example.

Length: 53 cm (with handle open). Fair-poor condition. Silk canopy torn, stained and worn. Defects to handle.