Auction No. 087

Old books, manuscripts, Judaica items, numismatics, coins

February 25, 2015
Opening $ 2,500
Estimate $ 3,000 - $ 3,500
Torah Scroll mantle, donated by Jewish soldiers in the Russian Army who fought in the Russo-Japanese war. [1906-7]. 65x40 cm. Nice, elegant mantle sewn on olive-green velvet. Star of David at center, apparently sewn from a worn-out Russian Tsarist Flag, in blue and red. The letters of the Hebrew year for 1906-7 were embroidered with yellow thread into the four corners of the Star of David – testifying to the date that the mantle was created. Embroidered words: [in Hebrew] 'donated by the soldiers returning from war'. In addition to two strips of decorative cloth fringes. Blue strip on the top edge of the mantle, to stabilize it on the Torah Scroll. About 30,000 Jewish soldiers fought in the Russo-Japanese war, and thousands gave their life on the battlefield which ended in the defeat of the Russian Empire. This mantle was donated by the soldiers who returned from the war. It is possibly that they used the old flag to testify to their loyal to the Russian Tsar. Framed in a tall wood frame with glass. 75x50 cm with the frame. The flag is slightly torn. Fine-very fine condition. Inspected within the frame. Interesting, historic item. Museum piece.