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Lot 6

Pencil of Rebbe Rayatz – Used in Riga, Warsaw and Otwosk in the 1930s – With Letter of Authenticity Signed by His Daughter Rebbetzin Chanah Gurary

Pencil of Rebbe Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn – Rebbe Rayatz of Lubavitch, used in the 1930s.
Mechanical pencil, 14K gold-filled. With lead.
Letter of authenticity enclosed (handwritten note, in English), signed in Hebrew by Rebbetzin Chanah Gurary (1899-1991), eldest daughter of Rebbe Rayatz: "I hereby gift… a gold pencil that my father used during the 1930s". Dated 12th September 1989.
The present pencil was presumably purchased during the visit of Rebbe Rayatz to the United States in 1929-1930. As mentioned in the enclosed letter, the Rayatz used the pencil during the 1930s – while in Riga (Latvia), Warsaw and Otwosk (Poland).

For 102 years (1813-1915), Chabad Chassidut was centered in the town of Lubavitch, Belarus. In 1915, due to the outbreak of WWI, Rebbe Rashab left Lubavitch and settled in Rostov, south-western Russia. Following his passing on 2nd Nissan 1920, his son Rebbe Rayatz succeeded him. In 1924, the Rayatz left Rostov for Leningrad, and after his release from prison on 12th-13th Tammuz 1927, he left Soviet Russia with several family members and settled in Riga, Latvia, where he remained for six years, until he moved to Warsaw in 1933. Two years later, he relocated to Otwosk (Otwock), a nearby town. Several days after the outbreak of WWII, the Rayatz returned to Warsaw, until he eventually succeeded in escaping occupied Europe, with the intervention of the American government, and set sail for America.

9.5 cm. Good condition. Bend to upper part.