Auction No. 096

Rare Books & Manuscripts, Rabbinical letters, Zionism, Erez Israel, Judiaca objects & art, numismatics & archeology

November 29, 2016

Auction: Tuesday, November 29, 2016, at 17:00.

Exhibition Schedule:

Thursday November 24, 2016, from 12:00 to 20:00

Sunday, November 27, 2016, from 12:00 to 20:00

Monday November 28, 2016, from 12:00 to 20:00

Opening $700
Estimate $1,000 - $1,300
Sold for $1,159
Including buyer's premium

A promissory note from Natan Meir Rothschild, from the San Francisco branch of the Rothschild Bank, with the signature of B. Davidson. Payment for gold in the 'Gold Rush' period. San Francisco, 1858. Rare.
[1] note. 20x11 cm. Colored paper. Stamped to prevent forgeries. Lithographic printing, with delicate decorations. On the left hand side, on the width of the note, is printed N.M. de R [Natan Meir de Rothschild], with the letter M hidden by the stamp confirming the note's originality. 
The note is printed in English with the beneficiary's details filled out by hand. On the document is a commitment to pay the beneficiary - Franz Jorger the sum of 2500 florins, by the central branch in Frankfurt am Main, within 60 days. The note is signed in handwriting B. Davidson.
Binyamin Davidson, a cousin of the Rothschilds. Founded the Rothschild Bank in San Francisco in 1849. The Gold Rush in California began in around the year 1854. It seems that the beneficiary Franz Jorger was a German gold-seeker who succeeded, and was now returning to Germany.
A tiny tear in the bottom left-hand corner. Paper folds. Fine condition.    

Historic Documents