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Silver Utensil from the Mitteler Rebbe of Lubavitch – Received when He Settled in Lubavitch in 1813 – Later Received by Rebbe Rashab as a Wedding Gift from His Father the Maharash

– With Certificate of Authenticity Signed by the Granddaughter of the Rashab, Rebbetzin Chanah Gurary

Silver utensil which Rebbe Dov Ber Shneuri – the Mitteler Rebbe of Lubavitch, received from Prince Lubomirski when he settled in Lubavitch in 1813; later gifted by Rebbe Maharash to his son Rebbe Rashab on the occasion of his wedding with Rebbetzin Shterna Sarah.

Maker's mark (Thomas Jenkinson?) and English hallmarks – London, late 18th or early 19th century.
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… the silver utensil to hold milk. It was given as a gift to my ancestor the Mittler Rebbe by Graf Lubermirsky when the Mittler Rebbe moved to the city of Lubavitch. My grandmother Shterna Sara told me this information. She received it with her husband the Rashab upon their marriage by the Rebbe Maharash. When my sister Mousia got married it was bitter sweet for me. She had a big wedding, mine was very small due to the circumstance of Russia at the time. My grandmother picked up on it. She gave me this milk vessel as a gift". Dated 12th September 1989.

After Liadi was destroyed during the French invasion of Russia, Rebbe Dov Ber Shneuri – the Mitteler Rebbe, who had just recently succeeded his father the Baal HaTanya as rebbe, sought a place to reestablish his court. Upon the invitation of Prince Lubomirski, member of the prominent Lubomirski Polish princely family, the Mitteler Rebbe settled in Lubavitch in 1813, and it served as center of the Chabad movement for the next one hundred and two years. The prince, who showed great sympathy to the Jews, even provided the rebbe with wood to build his home and communal buildings. The support of the Lubomirski family began already in the days of the Baal HaTanya, who settled in Liadi at the invitation of Prince Lubomirski. They were also instrumental in easing the terms of the imprisonment of the Mitteler Rebbe in 1827, and in helping rebuild Lubavitch after a fire destroyed it in the times of the Tzemach Tzedek.
The enclosed letter relates how this silver utensil was passed down through the Chabad dynasty. It was first given as a wedding gift from Rebbe Maharash to his son Rebbe Rashab in 1875, and over fifty years later, in 1929, Rebbetzin Shterna Sarah gave it to her granddaughter Rebbetzin Chanah Gurary.

Approx. 8.5X7X13.5 cm. Good condition. Stains and minor defects. Engraved on front ("M").