Antique 1783 Jewish German Germany Prague Pewter Passover Seder Plate Judaica
Antique 1783 Jewish German Germany Prague Pewter Passover Seder Plate Judaica:
A bit over 12 inches in diameter. I have bought and sold countless antique European pewter plates over the last 25 years, and by far, this is the heaviest (for it's size), plate I have ever had; it is solid, dead weight at 2 pounds, 13.8 ounces. I don't know if this is a sign of quality or just that there is a tremendous amount of lead in the pewter composition. Condition: see the center decoration of a pinwheel? Well, on one of the "arms" of the pinwheel, it appears the metal was crushed or damaged and someone a very long time ago soldered that bit back into place. He did a sloppy job, as there are two drops of solder on the pinwheel that you can see in the first photo. The area that was repaired is right by the hallmark on the reverse by the center, you can see it in the photo I have posted. Looks like this person also soldered an iron hook on the back so it could be hung on a wall. This is an incredible Jewish pewter plate. Not only is the outer rim beautifully and whimsically engraved, the inner rim is engraved as well with a Hebrew presentation and a Hebrew date. The outer rim has the order of the Passover service in deeply engraved Hebrew letters, and for all of the words except for the last four words, there is a depiction of what that word states (wine goblet, bitter herbs, matzah, etc.). I cannot find any Jewish pewter plates decorated this way, this includes all museum collection holdings and all Judaica sales since 1949. However, there was one plate that had decoration in between the words on the rim just like this plate: the world record holder for a Jewish pewter plate, which sold for $49,000 at Sotheby's in 2007. Another striking similarity is the way the letter "Lamed" is engraved on my plate rim (see the 8th photo), and the way it is engraved in the Sotheby's plate (see close up I cropped out), look how the top of the Lamed is draped / dropping / overlapping the rest of the letter. Also notice how the letter "Chet" is done, I was able to find an antique Torah binder / wimple which shows that letter in the same way. Now, the inner engraving reads שם צדיקים הולך ברחובות ואל ישלם להם הפעולות הענים היא צדקה מפזרת ומשלחת This statement refers to righteous men giving charity. There are deeply engraved purposeful "dots" over a number of the letters of the dedication, and when added up, it comes out to the date of 1783 (Hebrew letters have numerical values and on high quality Jewish ceremonial objects from Europe, sometimes the date would be indicated this way). So, it appears that this pewter plate for Passover was a gift to someone who gave a substantial amount to charity in 1783. Because of the design and Hebrew letter similarities, like that Sotheby's example, I believe this is a German pewter plate that was engraved from a Jewish organization or Synagogue in Prague / Bohemia. Examinations and pickups in person are welcome, I am in New York City.