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Auction Online 18 Lot Number 790

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Collection of Pins – Israeli Public Transportation Companies

17 pins of Israeli public transportation companies, most of them from Egged Israel Transport Cooperative Society Ltd.
Among them: • Pins, some of them given to officials, with the Egged symbol. • Two pins of the Hamekasher company. • Pin of Hama’avir from 1935. • Pin of the Shahar company. • And more.
Size and condition vary.
Provenance: Morton Leventhal Collection, New York.

Opening200$ Sold For350$ Including buyers premium

Auction Online 18 Lot Number 791

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Large Collection of Pins – Educational Institutions in Israel

Collection of approx. 300 pins and symbols of educational institutions in Israel, reflecting a variety of education movements in Israel.
In the collection: A badge of the Technion and pins of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Beit Berl, Oranim College, the Open University, the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities, Ben-Gurion University, Bar-Ilan University, the Reali School, Herzliya Hebrew Gymnasium, the night school of the Working Youth movement, the Kadoorie Agricultural High School, Mikve Israel, the Ruth Ballet School, the Avuka Religious School for Girls, Judea Region, the Abu Gosh School, Emek Hahula Comprehensive High School, Lady Davis High School in Tel Aviv, and other learning institutions.
Size and condition vary. Some of the pins appear in several copies.
Provenance: Morton Leventhal Collection, New York

Opening300$ Sold For375$ Including buyers premium

Auction Online 18 Lot Number 792

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Collection of Pins and Badges – Israel Prison Service

25 pins and badges – Israel Prison Service.
Among the items: • Pins and badges with IPS emblem. • IPS pins with a digit marking a different number of years of seniority: 10, 20 and 25 years. • Pin with the legend "Israel Prison Service" (Hebrew). • Badge of "intervention and conveyance" unit, former name of Nahshon unit. • and more.
Size and condition vary.
Provenance: Morton Leventhal Collection, New York.

Opening100$ Sold For188$ Including buyers premium

Auction Online 18 Lot Number 793

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Collection of Pins – Knesset Guard / Courts of Law Guard

17 pins of the Courts of Law Guard and the Knesset Guard.
Among the items: • A pin with the legend "Court of Law" in Hebrew, Arabic and English (apparently from the Mandate period). • A rectangular pin with the legend "Court of Law" on a black background. • Three pins with the emblem of the State of Israel and the legend "Courts of Law". • Pins with the emblem of "Knesset Guard"– a Menorah, surmounted by a wall and surrounded by olive tree branches. • Buttons with the emblem of the State of Israel. • Name badge with the emblem of the Knesset Guard. • More.
Size and condition vary.
Provenance: Morton Leventhal Collection, New York.

Opening100$ Sold For325$ Including buyers premium

Auction Online 18 Lot Number 794

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Collection of El Al Pins

Approximately 45 pins of El Al Israel Airlines
Among the items: • Various nametags, some of them blank. • Gear-shaped pins in various colors, containing an airplane and a Star of David. Various numbers appear in the middle of the Stars of David, evidently indicating years of service. • Various pins with the old symbol of El Al – a Star of David with wings on either side. • A pin depicting the cartoon character Srulik wearing a pilot’s hat and holding a flower. • And more.
One of the pins appears in two copies. Size and condition vary.
Provenance: Morton Leventhal Collection, New York.

Opening150$ Sold For750$ Including buyers premium

Auction Online 18 Lot Number 795

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Collection of Pins – Israeli Airline Companies – Arkia

20 pins of Israeli airline companies, most of them of Arkia.
In the collection: Various pins from Arkia Airlines, including a pin marking five years of service, round pins bearing the word "Arkia" in a stylized font, and more. • Two pins of the airport in Lod. • Pin of the Israeli Association of General Aviation. • And more.
Size and condition vary.
Provenance: Morton Leventhal Collection, New York.

Opening150$ Sold For350$ Including buyers premium

Auction Online 18 Lot Number 796

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Collection of Pins – Ports in Israel

Ten pins of different ports in Palestine, some from the Mandate Period.
• A Tel-Aviv port pin, with the image of Zebulun, and the legend "Zebulun shall live by the seashore, Tel-Aviv Port". • A Tel-Aviv port pin, with the emblem of the city and the legend" "when you cross the shore I am with you" (Hebrew). • Pin – Jaffa port; a lighthouse and an anchor. • Four Haifa port pins, including a pin commemorating 25 years to the establishment of the port. • Pins of Eilat and Ashdod ports. • "Mishmar HaNamal" pin. • "Ports Authority" pin - with an anchor, sea waves and two cranes. A legend: "thou shall spread to the west" (Hebrew).
Size and condition vary.
Provenance: Morton Leventhal Collection, New York.

Opening100$ Sold For150$ Including buyers premium

Auction Online 18 Lot Number 797

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Collection of Pins of Social Organizations – Lions Club, Rotary Club, B’nai B’rith, and the Freemasons

28 pins from various organizations, including the Lions Club, the Rotary Club, B’nai B’rith, and the Freemasons
The collection contains: • Pins of the B’nai B’rith organization, including B’nai B’rith pins from Israel and the United States. • Pins of the Freemasons, including pins with the Freemasons’ symbol, in some cases together with a Star of David and a cross. Some of them are from Israeli lodges: Alumim, the Holy City, Bezalel, and Acre. • Pins of the Lions Israel Club, with the letter L, the legend "Lions," and two lions. In some of them, the symbol appears together with the emblem of the State of Israel, the Israeli flag or a menorah. • Two pins of the Rotary Club. • And more.
Size and condition vary.
Provenance: Morton Leventhal Collection, New York.

Opening100$ Sold For125$ Including buyers premium

Auction Online 18 Lot Number 798

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Collection of Pins – Portraits of Dignitaries, Including them Theodor Herzl, Ze’ev Jabotinsky, Haim Nachman Bialik, Chaim Weizmann, and others

Collection of pins with portraits of Jewish dignitaries and Zionist leaders.
The collection includes: • Nine pins with the portrait of Theodor (Binyamin Ze'ev) Herzl on behalf of various entities and one pin with the legend "1954, fifty years to the passing of Herzl, vision and fulfillment". • Ten pins with the portrait of Ze'ev Jabotinsky, some commemorating the day of his death. Two pins commemorating the re-internment of Jabotinsky's remains in Israel, with the legend "Jabotinsky returns to the homeland" (Hebrew). • Five pins with the portrait of Haim Nachman Bialik, one with the legend "One language – one heart" (Hebrew). • Pin with a ribbon and a plaque with the portrait of Chaim Weizmann. • Two pins with the portrait of David Ben-Gurion, one on the occasion of his 80th birthday. • Two pins with the portrait of Meir Dizengoff and the legend "Father of Tel-Aviv" (Hebrew).
Total of 35 pins. Size and condition vary.
Provenance: Morton Leventhal Collection, New York.

Opening150$ Sold For375$ Including buyers premium

Auction Online 18 Lot Number 799

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Collection of Pendants and Brooches – Stars of David, Menorahs, “Zion”, Tablets of the Law and more – United States and Israel

33 pendants, medals and brooches with Jewish motifs and texts, for good luck, blessing and success. [United States and Israel, 20th century].
In the collection: • Five pendants and brooches set with enamel, designed as a Star of David and as the Tablets of the Law. • Ten pendants and medals decorated with Stars of David, Tablets of the Law, and a Menorah, with various texts – "Mazal", "Zion", "Baruch ata Bevo'acha uBaruch ata Betzetcha", "Beracha veHatzlacha", priestly benediction and more. One medal was granted on behalf of "United Institutions of Jerusalem, Israel", and an additional medal on behalf of "Yeshivah Meah Shearim". • Pendants and brooches designed as a Star of David, Tablets of the Law, Menorahs, and more.
Size and condition vary. Good-fair overall condition (a number of items in poor condition).
Provenance: Morton Leventhal Collection, New York.

Opening150$ Sold For188$ Including buyers premium

Auction Online 18 Lot Number 800

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Large Collection of Pins and Badges – Arab Countries

Large collection of pins and badges – Arab countries. Most of the pins are military pins or pins of various educational institutes.
The collection includes: • Badges of various Arab armies, among them the Arab Legion, Egyptian army, Lebanese army, Iraqi army and more. • Pins with the Druze Star emblem. • Pins of Arab educational institutes in Jerusalem and in Hebron. • Pendant with the legend "UAR pavilion / New York World's Fair" ( made for the pavilion of the United Arab Republic in the New York World fair in the years 1945-6). • Two cloth badges. • More.
Total of 80 items. Size and condition vary. Some of the pins appear in multiple copies.
Provenance: Morton Leventhal Collection, New York.

Opening150$ Unsold

Auction Online 18 Lot Number 801

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Portrait of Joseph Trumpeldor – Printed Micrography

Joseph Trumpeldor, a printed micrography, by Joseph Traube. Warsaw: The Central Committee of the He-Halutz Association in Poland, [ca. 1920s (stamp from 1928)].
Text: From the diary of Joseph Trumpeldor.
55.5 x 44 cm. Fair condition. Stains. Fold marks and creases. Blemishes and tears (some of them open), some with damage to the print. Ink stamp with inscriptions in ink at the upper right corner. Most of the tears have been restored.
Provenance: Rimon Family Collection.

Opening200$ Sold For525$ Including buyers premium

Auction Online 18 Lot Number 802

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Four Sports Medals – Betar China, 1935-1937

Four metal medals awarded in Betar sports competitions. [Presumably in China, 1935-1937].
Engraved on three medals, in Cyrillic letters, is the legend "Бетар" [Betar], the type of sport of this competition or the competing teams, a Hebrew letter and the year in which this competition took place: "Volleyball, "B", 1936"; "'A' Triatlon, 1937"; "'C against B, 1937". Engraved on the fourth medal: " Б.Т., VIII 1935 XII, K. III C., COP"ב.
Mentioned in the "Betar Book" about the history of the organization (published by "the committee for publishing Betar Book", Jerusalem-Tel-Aviv, 1969) is the fact that the "activity of both commissions [in China] was mainly a comprehensive and excellent activity in all the fields of sports, in closed halls and special fields, as well as in all of the camping and scouting fields – outdoors" (vol. 2, p.837). Members of the organization in China emphasized in particular sports exercises and physical fitness in order to be able to defend themselves against anti-Semitic assaults on the part of Russian immigrants who were members in organizations of anti-Semitic nature and even to counter-attack.
Approx. 3.5X2 – 4 X 2.5 cm. Good condition. Stains. Scratches.

Opening400$ Unsold

Auction Online 18 Lot Number 803

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Four JNF Boxes – Map of Palestine

Four JNF boxes. [1930s – 1997].
Marked on the Palestine maps are areas which JNF redeemed and cultivated.
1. JNF box with map of Palestine without the Negev. Made by A. [Alfred] Salzmann, Jerusalem, [ca. second half of 1930s].
2. JNF box with map of Palestine which includes the Negev and the Gulf of Aqaba. Made by A. [Alfred] Salzmann, Jerusalem, [late 1940s or early 1950s].
3. JNF box with map of Israel, with the Negev and the city of Eilat. Made by Haim Muro, Jerusalem, [ca. 1950s]. The door locking the box is missing.
4. JNF box with a map of Israel and the slogan "Negev of Growth". No manufacturer of location indicated, [1997].
Size and condition vary.
Provenance: Rimon Family Collection.

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Auction Online 18 Lot Number 804

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Jewish National Fund Donation Box – “Blue Box” – 1930s or 1940s

Jewish National Fund donation box with a map of Palestine. Palestine, [late 1930s or 1940s].
This donation box, of the Zion model, on which the map of Palestine, without the Negev region, is printed, is large, and intended for use by public institutions and conferences where funds were raised for the JNF. A handle and hanger for hanging were placed on the back in order to make the public use of the box more efficient. This particular box has a design flaw: the base containing the lock was placed at the top of the box, while the top, containing the opening for the insertion of coins, was placed at the bottom.
Approx. 12.5 x 17.5 x 7.5 cm. Good–fair condition. The paint is damaged. Rust, dents, and scratches.
Literature: "Blue Box" by Shaul Ladani and Dotan Shulman. Jerusalem: JNF, 2014. 134 pp.

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Auction Online 18 Lot Number 805

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Emblem of the State of Israel – Relief Designed by Shmuel Kretschmer

Emblem of the State of Israel; a relief designed by Shmuel Kretschmer. [Late 1940s or early 1950s]. Cast and engraved brass.
Emblem of the State of Israel – a relief; shield with a seven-branched Menorah between two olive tree branches and the word "Israel" .
The relief is screwed to a metal board. Pasted on the board are a paper label that reads "S. Kretschmer & Sons" and a sticker - "Luxury Tax".
Relief: 6.5X8 cm. Board: 14X11 cm. Good condition. Bends to metal board. Stains. Suspension loop on the back of the board.
Provenance: Rimon Family Collection.

Opening150$ Unsold

Auction Online 18 Lot Number 806

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Hand Watch with Hebrew Letters – “Techiyat Medinat Israel”, 1948

Hand watch, commemorating the establishment of the State of Israel.
On the dial appear Hebrew letters instead of numerals, a Star of David instead of the digit "12" and the legend "Techiyat Medinat Israel" ("revival of the State of Israel").
New leather strap.
Diameter: 3 cm. Length of watch with strap: 23.5 cm. Fair-good condition. Stains on dial. Defects to metal body. Corrosion. Peeling plating.
Provenance: Rimon Family Collection.

Opening200$ Unsold

Auction Online 18 Lot Number 807

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Souvenir Plate Marking the Establishment of the State of Israel – “If you will it, it is no dream” – United States

Ceramic souvenir plate, decorated with a map of the Land of Israel, created to mark the establishment of the State of Israel. United States [ca. 1948].
A map of Israel, its borders according to the UN partition plan, appears at the center of the plate. Tel Aviv is the only city represented there. Beside the map are the words "If you will it, it is no dream". The words "Republic of Israel, May 14, 1948," and Israeli flags appear at the edge of the plate. The outer rim of the plate is decorated with a gold line. Signed "N. Trought".
The captions "Dedicated to the pioneers of Palestine, Newark Stores Inc. N.J.," and "First Edition 23 Karat Gold" appear on the reverse of the plate.
Diameter: 27.5 cm. Good condition.
Provenance: Rimon Family Collection.

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Auction Online 18 Lot Number 808

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Souvenir Plate Marking the Establishment of the State of Israel – Map of Israel with a Portrait of Herzl – United States

Ceramic souvenir plate, decorated with a map of the Land of Israel and a portrait of Herzl, created to mark the establishment of the State of Israel. United States, [ca. 1950].
A map of the Land of Israel according to the 1948 borders is depicted at the center of the plate. The emblem of the State of Israel appears in the middle. A portrait of Herzl appears on the left, against the background of the sea. At the edge of the plate is the sentence "If you will it, it is no dream". The flag of Israel, six-pointed stars, and the caption "In commemoration of the Jewish State, Israel 1948" appear around the plate's outer edge. The outer rim is decorated with a gold stripe.
Verses from the Bible in which the land is promised to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob appear (in English) on the reverse of the plate, and beneath them the caption "Designed by Reverend Judah L. Wise, Reproduced by Excelsior."
Diameter: 26 cm. Good condition.
Provenance: Rimon Family Collection.

Opening150$ Unsold

Auction Online 18 Lot Number 809

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Two Decorative Plates Produced by Keramos – Sights of Tiberias and Safed

Two decorative plates produced by Keramos depicting sights of Tiberias and Safed. Israel, [1950s or 1960s].
1. Plate depicting the Sea of Galilee with a boat anchored at the pier and mountains in the background. The word "Tiberias" is engraved beneath the image.
2. A plate depicting two figures walking in an alleyway in Safed. The word "Safad" is engraved beneath the image.
The words "Keramos, hand painted, made in Israel" are engraved on the back. A hanger is embedded in the back.
19X21 cm. Good condition.
Provenance: Rimon Family Collection.

Opening150$ Sold For213$ Including buyers premium

Auction Online 18 Lot Number 810

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Shalom Moskowitz – ” Zeigermacher of Safed” (1896-1980) – Printed Tiles

16 printed tiles with paintings by Shalom Moskowitz, the " Zeigermacher of Safed" (1896-1980). Israel, [1970s].
The tiles (made by "Negev"), framed in wooden frames, depict urban and rural views, people and animals – all in the naïve style of Moskowitz. Among the tiles – three pairs of identical tiles framed in double frames – two identical tiles in a frame. The label:"Shalom Israeli tiles, Doron NY. Made in Israel, 1974" appears on some of the frames.
Shalom Moskowitz (1896-1980), born in Safed, worked as a watch-maker and signs painter until his workshop was destroyed during the Independence War; he started to paint relatively late in a naïve style, and focused on biblical themes. Encouraged by the painter Yosl Bergner he made painting his main occupation. His knowledge of the sources and rich imagination led to the figurative paintings of biblical stories; naivety and humor are interrelated in his works.
Tiles: 15X15 cm. Frames: 21.5X22 cm. Double frames: 36.5X21 cm. Good condition. Some stains on the tiles. Slight fractures to margins of some of the tiles. Some frames are defected and partially broken. One tile is detached from frame.

Opening300$ Sold For375$ Including buyers premium

Auction Online 18 Lot Number 811

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Medallion and Stone Given as a Gift – Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) – Israel, 1999

Medal with Hebrew text "The Unseen Defender" and engraved stone given by the Israel Security Agency to Ilan Biran, director-general of the Defense Ministry from 1996 to 1999 as a token of appreciation. Israel, 1999.
1. Silver-plated bronze medal. Obverse: "Magen Velo Yera'e" ("the defender that shall not be seen"). Reverse: The emblem of the State of Israel and the legend "Israel Security Agency" in Hebrew. The words "State of Israel and "Bronze" are engraved on the edge. The medal is in an olive-wood case covered in velvet.
59 mm. Good condition. The silver plating is slightly worn.
2. Rectangular stone, partially dressed, engraved with the words "Friendship Stone of Jerusalem." The stone is in a wooden box with the emblem of the Israel Security Service on the lid, with the inscription: "To Ilan Biran, in appreciation for his cooperation and best wishes for the future. December 1999, the members of the Israel Security Service."
Stone: 21 x 12 x 1 cm. Box: 26 x 16.5 x 5 cm. Good condition. Minor damage and stains on the box.

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