1911 Award Tray "frauenverein" Jewish Women Society Czech Bohemia Germany For Sale
Among the surprises of the April 2013 Sotheby's sale of Steinhardt Judaica was that anything related to Jewish women sold very well, and in some cases, extremely well, breaking records. Shown in the last two photos is of a Jewish charity box for a "Frauenverein", German for "Women's Society", that was estimated at $5,000 - $7,000 and sold for $34,375. The item I am offerring is also for a Jewish "Frauenverein".
This extremely high quality / beautifully made silver-plated brass tray was given to a member of the Jewish community, by the Jewish community, in the town of Sokolov. Sokolov is a city in Bohemia (present day Czech Republic). When the city was part of the Hapsburg Empire prior to 1918, it was called Falkenau in German. The earliest known Jewish community dates from the mid-19th century. The synagogue was built in 1897. The Jewish population in 1930 was about 170. Most of the Jews left after the signing of the Munich Agreement in September, 1938. The rest were deported in 1942. The synagogue was destroyed by the Nazis. Reference --- "The Encyclopedia of Jewish Life Before and During the Holocaust", page 1212.
16.25 inches long, 8.5 inches wide. Although I am not fluent in German, this appears to be a presentation on the 25th year anniversary of service to the President of the Jewish Ladies Benevolent Association of Falkenau (Sokolov). Makers mark shown in the last photo is of "Argentor Werke", by Rust & Hetzel of Vienna. The tray is done in a Jugendstil (tempered Art Nouveau) style, including the stunning engraving.
To have a Jewish artifact from a Central European city which had a pre-war Jewish population of only 170 makes this extremely rare and rather important.
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1911 Award Tray "frauenverein" Jewish Women Society Czech Bohemia Germany: $1,750