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Auction 49b Lot Number 403

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Small Torah Scroll – Eastern Europe – 19th Century – Adorned Tagim and Unusual Letters

Small format Torah Scroll. [Eastern Europe, beginning of 19th century?]. Nice-looking Ashkenazi script, characteristic to Russia or Eastern Europe, 18th-19th centuries. Written by two scribes. Rolled on carved Atzei Chaim. Clad in a velvet mantle and trussed with a velvet belt, with an embroidered illustration of a crown. On the crown are the (Hebrew) letters: Kaf and Taf. [The Atzei Chaim and the mantle are from a later time]. In the Torah scroll are unusual letters as was the custom of early scribes: enlarged letters according to a tradition that differs from the usual, the (Hebrew) letter Peh is winding, the vertical lines of the letter Chet are widened, etc. For a list of unusual letters, please see Hebrew description. Large tagim (crowns on the letters). At the beginning of Bereshit are crown-shaped adornments made into tagim (a rare phenomenon because according to halacha, it is forbidden to add ornamentation to a Torah scroll, but here the letters were adorned in a permissible fashion, the adornments are a continuation of the tagim). The height of the parchment: 15.5 cm. Maximum height, with the Atzei Chaim: 29.5 cm. Overall good condition.

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Auction 49b Lot Number 404

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Torah Scroll – 19th Century

Torah Scroll. Ashkenazi script. [19th century]. Small format. Rolled on ancient Atzei Chaim. Clad in a blue velvet mantle and trussed [from a later time]. Height of parchment: 19.5 cm. Maximum height, with Atzei Chaim: 42.5 cm. Fair condition. Dampness to several places, stains and wear, corrections and parchment patches.

Opening3,000$ Sold For3,690$ Including buyers premium

Auction 49b Lot Number 405

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Torah Scroll – 19th Century – With Changes in the Writing of the Parshiot

Torah Scroll. Ashkenazi script (Vellish). [19th century]. Small-medium format. Rolled on Atzei Chaim and clad in a velvet mantle [both from a later time]. width of columns varies, some columns are especially wide (16 cm.) and some narrow (5.5 cm.). Varying size of letters. Written by several scribes. One membrane is replaced in a later writing. This Torah Scroll is scarce due to a number of differences from the usual writing: The writing of the section of Arayot (Parshat Kedoshim) appears in two columns (like Shirat Ha’azinu). The Arurim (curses) in Parshat Ki tavo are written in varying spacing, so that each one will end a line; spacing between Parshat Bereshit and Parshat Noach and other differences. The height of the parchment: 22.5 cm. Maximum height with the Atzei Chaim: 45 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains and wear. Faded ink.

Opening1,500$ Sold For2,214$ Including buyers premium

Auction 49b Lot Number 406

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Torah Scroll – Eastern Europe, 19th Century

Torah Scroll. Ashkenazi script (HaAri-Chassidic). [Eastern Europe, 19th Century]. Medium format. Rolled on Atzei Chaim and clad in a velvet mantle [both from a later time]. Height of parchment: 23 cm. Maximum height with the Atzei Chaim: 52 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains and wear. Faded ink.

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Auction 49b Lot Number 407

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Torah Scroll – North Italy, 19th Century

Torah Scroll. Italian script (Vellish). [North Italy, c. 19th century]. Thin parchment. Rolled on carved Atzei Chaim. Height of parchment: 31 cm. 50 lines per column. Maximum height with the Atzei Chaim: 63 cm. Fair condition. Stains, erasures and faded ink. Several patches.

Opening1,000$ Sold For3,198$ Including buyers premium

Auction 49b Lot Number 408

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Torah Scroll – North Italy, 19th Century

Torah Scroll. Italian script (Vellish). [North Italy, c. 19th century]. Soft light-brown parchment. Written by several writers. Several replaced membranes and late corrections. The spaces and fashion of the petuchot and segurot (“open and closed”) parshiot are different than the custom today. Trussed with a white fabric wimpel (without inscription), with blue ribbons for fastening. Height of parchment: 40.5 cm. Fair condition, stains and dampness. Erasures and faded ink. Without Atzei Chaim.

Opening1,000$ Sold For1,722$ Including buyers premium

Auction 49b Lot Number 409

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Large Esther Scroll – Colorful Illustrations

Large Esther Scroll on parchment, illustrated. Ashkenazi script – “Bet Yossef”. [Israel, 20th century]. Acrylic color and ink on parchment. Text is framed with colorful illustrations depicting narrative scenes throughout the scroll. The scroll opens with illustrations depicting Mitzvot Purim: Mishlo’ach Manot (Purim basket), gifts for the poor, feast, joy and dance. Throughout the scroll, on its lower part, appear ten illustrations: feast of Ahasuerus, Esther in women’s house, Mordechai refusing to bow down to Haman, Haman offering Ahasuerus money for the destruction of the Jews, Esther before the King, a gathering in Haman’s house, Mordechai studying with children in Beit Midrash, Esther pointing at Haman as an enemy, joy after the annulment of the decree, reading the scroll in synagogue. 11 columns, 42 lines per column. 55 cm. Cardboard case.

Opening1,000$ Sold For2,091$ Including buyers premium

Auction 49b Lot Number 410

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Illustrated Esther Scroll on Parchment – “HaMelech” Scroll – Jerusalem

Esther Scroll on parchment, illustrated. Sephardi script. [Jerusalem, 20th century]. Artist’s signature: “Raphaeli – Jerusalem” (Hebrew). Ink and paint on parchment. “HaMelech” scroll [most of the columns open with the word “HaMelech”]. The text is framed with illustrations. A large illustration of Mordechai riding a horse led by Haman opens the scroll. Mordechai sits under a canopy with a crown and a Star of David. Illustrations of crowns, Stars of David, masks, fish and more appear in the margins. Height of parchment: 35.5 cm. 27 lines per column. Very good condition.

Opening500$ Sold For1,845$ Including buyers premium

Auction 49b Lot Number 411

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Illustrated Esther Scroll on Parchment – “HaMelech” Scroll

Large Esther Scroll on parchment, illustrated. Ashkenazi script – “Ha’Ari” (Hassidic). [Israel, 20th century]. Ink and paint on parchment. “HaMelech “ scroll [most of the columns begin with the word “HaMelech”]. Scroll’s text is bordered with illustrations within medallions. The scroll opens with a large illustration of Esther, standing in front of Ahasuerus; above it an illustration of Mordechai led by Haman. Additional medallions at the end of the scroll portray Ahasuerus, Vashti, Haman, Bigthan and Teresh. Height of parchment: 50 cm. 42 lines per column. Very good condition. Contained in a cardboard case.

Opening1,000$ Sold For3,690$ Including buyers premium

Auction 49b Lot Number 412

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Illustrated Esther Scroll on Parchment

Esther Scroll on Parchment. Sephardi script, no serifs. [Eastern countries or the Balkans, 19th century?]. Illustrated in red and green, in geometric patterns. Height: approx. 9-10 cm. Condition varies, good-fair. Stains and wear. First membrane with damages and tears.

Opening1,000$ Sold For1,722$ Including buyers premium

Auction 49b Lot Number 413

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Illustrated Esther Scroll on Parchment – Persia, 19th Century

Illustrated Esther Scroll on parchment. [Persia? 19th century]. Ink and paint on parchment. Rolled on a carved “Etz Chayim”. Text is bordered with square frames with verses inscribed in hollow letters. The borders are illustrated with flowers, in color. The verses concern blotting out the name of Amalek, and the festival of Purim (Exodus 17:9-16. Book of Esther 9:16. Shmuel Aleph, 9:1-3. Shmuel Aleph, 10:23-24. Deuteronomy 25:17-19). Height: 13 cm. Max. size: approx. 27 cm. Condition varies. Most of the scroll is in fair condition. Stains, creases and wear. Faded ink. First membrane is detached and damaged, in poor condition.

Opening300$ Sold For3,198$ Including buyers premium

Auction 49b Lot Number 414

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Esther Scroll on Parchment – “HaMelech” Scroll / Illustrated Leaf of Blessings

Esther Scroll on parchment. Sephardic script. [19th/20th century]. “Hamelech” scroll [most columns begin with the word “HaMelech”]. Rolled on a carved “Etz Chaim”. A parchment strap for binding the scroll. An illustrated parchment leaf is enclosed, with the scroll’s blessings and with the inscription in Hebrew: “the scroll is a gift to the nice and pleasant groom Haim Raphael Hana…”. Height of parchment: 16 cm. 21 lines per column. Max. Height 38.5 cm. Parchment leaf: 12 cm. overall good condition. Stains and wear.

Opening500$ Sold For861$ Including buyers premium

Auction 49b Lot Number 415

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Esther Scroll on Parchment in Large Letters – “HaMElech” Scroll / Parchment Leaf of Blessings

Esther Scroll on parchment. Oriental script, in exceptionally large letters. [Jerusalem? 20th century]. A parchment leaf is enclosed, [same script as that of the scroll] with opening verses and scroll’s blessings [according to Yemenite congregations’ custom]. Height of parchment: 45 cm. 20 lines per column. Size of letters: approx. 1 cm. Height of parchment leaf: 34 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains and wear. Some tears. Ownership ink-stamps.

Opening300$ Sold For443$ Including buyers premium

Auction 49b Lot Number 416

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Esther Scroll on Parchment – Carved Ivory Handle

Esther Scroll on parchment. Sephardi script. [20th century?]. “HaMelech” scroll [most columns begin with the word “HaMelech”]. Rolled on a carved ivory handle. A parchment strap for binding the scroll. Height of parchment: 11.5 cm. 21 lines per column. Max. size: 29 cm. Good condition. The scroll was not thoroughly examined as its upper part is glued (starting at the fourth column). Cracks and damages to ivory handle.

Opening300$ Sold For2,091$ Including buyers premium

Auction 49b Lot Number 417

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Two Esther Scrolls on Parchment – Jerusalem / Baghdad

1. Esther Scroll. Sephardi scribal writing. [Jerusalem, 19th century]. Ownership inscription at the beginning of the scroll indicates that it was bought on Mount Zion in Jerusalem, in 1864: “Bought by me at the Bible Depot ‘Mount Zion’, Jerusalem, 1864. Arch d. P. Black A. M.”. “HaMelech” scroll, all of “HaMelech” initials are decorated with a flower. Rolled on a carved wooden handle. Height of parchment: 12.5 cm. 21 lines per column. Height of handle: 28 cm. Fair condition. Tears to first and last membranes. Stains. 2. Esther Scroll. Sephardi scribal writing. [Baghdad, 19th-20th century]. Miniature format. Fine writing on thin parchment. With blessings for reading the scroll at the beginning and at the end. Parchment ribbon for tying. Rolled on a carved wooden handle. Height of parchment: 6 cm. 15 lines per column. Height of handle: 17 cm. Good condition. Damages to text in several places. Some breaks to handle.

Opening350$ Sold For1,599$ Including buyers premium

Auction 49b Lot Number 418

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Esther Scroll on Parchment – Silver Case

Esther Scroll on parchment. Miniature script. [19th century]. “HaMelech” scroll [most columns begin with the word “HaMelech”]. Silver filigree case and handle. A crown decorates the top of the case. The scroll and silver case are contained in a leather case, embossed “gift to the groom Mordechai Herdan J.M.H 1847”. Height of parchment: 9.5 cm. 34 lines per column. Height of case: 22 cm. Scroll in good condition. Silver case broken and damaged. Damages to leather case.

Opening800$ Sold For3,198$ Including buyers premium

Auction 49b Lot Number 419

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Esther Scroll – Carved Olivewood Case

Esther Scroll on thin parchment. Ashkenazi script. [Jerusalem, early 20th century]. The titles of all columns are ornamented. Rolled on an Etz Chaim in a carved olivewood case, with illustration of the Holy Sites, black inscriptions [Jerusalem, Eretz Israel, Western Wall and Shmuel’s Tomb] and a colorful adorned frame. Height of parchment: approximately 10 cm. 21 lines per column. Maximum height with carved case: 33.5 cm. Good condition. Creases, faded ink.

Opening400$ Sold For1,169$ Including buyers premium

Auction 49b Lot Number 420

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Esther Scroll on Parchment

Esther Scroll on parchment. Vellish script. [19th/20th century?]. 33 lines. 27 cm. Fair condition. Stains, creases and wear. Faded and slightly blurred ink in numerous places.

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Auction 49b Lot Number 421

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Esther Scroll on Gevil

Esther Scroll on brown Gevil. Sephardi script. [North Africa? 20th century]. Rolled on a carved “Etz Chayim”. Height of Gevil: 23 cm. 23 lines per column. Max. Height: 42.5 cm. Good condition. Corrections of mistakes. Break to wooden handle (part missing).

Opening300$ Sold For861$ Including buyers premium

Auction 49b Lot Number 422

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Three Esther Scrolls

Three Esther Scrolls: · Esther Scroll on parchment. Vellish-Hasidic script. In some places enlarged letters allude to the Holy Names. [19th century]. 15.5 cm. 23 lines per column. Good condition. Creases. Slightly faded ink. Cardboard case. · Esther Scroll on parchment, rolled on a carved “Etz Chayim”. Sephardi script. “HaMelech” scroll [most columns begin with the word “HaMelech”]. [Early 20th century]. 19.5 cm. 17 lines per column. Max. Height: 43 cm. Fair condition. Stains, dampstains, corrections with pen. Wooden handle damaged and lacking. · Esther Scroll on Gevil. Sephardi script, with serifs. [20th century]. 12.5 cm. First membrane by a different scribe. Good-fair condition. Stains, wear and damages.

Opening400$ Sold For984$ Including buyers premium

Auction 49b Lot Number 423

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Two Esther Scrolls – North Africa

Two Esther Scrolls on parchment: · Esther Scroll, rolled on a carved “Etz Chaim”, fine Sephardi script, with serifs. [North Africa, 19th/20th century?]. Brown ink. Ownership inscription in French from Tangier, 1941. Height of parchment: 18.5 cm. 20 lines per column. Max. Height: 40 cm. Overall good condition. · Esther Scroll. Folk Sephardi script. [North Africa? 20th century]. Height: 19 cm. Fair-poor condition. Stains and tears. Mistakes and rough corrections.

Opening500$ Sold For615$ Including buyers premium

Auction 49b Lot Number 424

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Esther Scroll on Gevil

Esther Scroll on dark brown Gevil. Sephardi script. [Eastern countries, 19th/20th century?]. Height: 21 cm. Fair condition. Stains and wear, tears and holes. Some detached membranes.

Opening300$ Sold For800$ Including buyers premium

Auction 49b Lot Number 425

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Esther Scroll on Gevil – Vowelized

Esther Scroll on brown-red Gevil. Square script, vowelized, with Te’amim. [Eastern countries, 19th century?]. Lacking at the beginning. Some corrections. Height: 19 cm. Fair-poor condition. Wear, stains and mildew damages. Tears and holes.

Opening500$ Sold For1,230$ Including buyers premium

Auction 49b Lot Number 426

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Book of Haftarot on Parchment

Book of Haftarot on parchment. Ashkenazi square script, vowelized, with Te’amim. [20th century]. Rolled as a scroll. Large format. Haftarot according to Ashkenazi custom for Shabbat and holidays. Sephardi customs appear occasionally. Ornamentations and illustrations in some places (illustration of Menorah and a jug before the Haftara “Beha’alotcha”; illustrated flowers precede the Haftara “Pinchas”; illustration of a trumpet, birds, Star of David inscribed “Zion” – at the end of the Haftara “VeZot HaBeracha”; illustration of a container for Ethrog, Lulav and Hadas precedes the Haftara for Succot. Height of parchment: 54 cm. overall good condition. Stains and wear. Holes to parchment in some places. Rolled on “Atzei Chayim”, damaged.

Opening800$ Sold For6,150$ Including buyers premium
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