Miscellaneous circumcision items
Sotheby's identified the item below as a Belleek
Irish porcelain flask from the 1920s. It is 5 1/2 inches
long and presumably was used during the brit milah.
The item on
the right appeared on an auction web site as a drinking flask
from the 1880s. The auction site claimed the flask was
made for the Jewish community in Dublin for fundraising.
Note the stopper and the Belleek emblem in the center.
A mohel used this unusual device to sterilize his
knife. It was made by Pickslay & Co. in
1902. The pair of knife holders fold down
for travel. Unscrew the cap to reveal a wick. The
intricate engraving is beautiful.
the information above as provided by the eBay seller
is incorrect. The item is really a curling iron
heater. To the right is an example by Gorham Silver.
Thanks to Alex Peck for this information.
plate has a cartoon with the caption YIDDISH CLIPPER. Is this supposed to
be funny? Is it anti-Semitic? Or is it a gift for
a mohel? If you know the answer, please contact me.
The ashtray has the same cartoon as
the plate above. The seller claimed that the item is
from the 1930s.
According to the Israeli vendor, this is a pewter
tray to hold circumcision tools. It is from Austria,
A reader suggested that this tray was used to hold coins for
the pidyon ha-ben
(redemption of the first born son).
auction house did not make a definite claim that this
knife was used for circumcisions. Nevertheless, the
blade's shape suggests so. The handle is marked
"F&B Sterling" (Foster & Bailey, Providence, Rhode
it seems that this is an ink eraser, as seen in this 1902 silver
The far-right stamp on this first day envelope
cover depicts a circumcision chair. The chair is on
display at the Israel Museum.
The chair is divided into two parts. One part is the
kisay shel Eliyahu
(seat of Elijah), where the child is placed first.
The second part is for the sandek, the person who holds the child
during the circumcision.
This is a brit milah invitation
dated July 19, 1895. The circumcision took place in
Floridsdorf, a suburb of Vienna, Austria.
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