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November 29, 2010

Anyone Read Hebrew?

Filed under: Historical Material,Of Interest — Stephen Shepherd @ 9:35 am

At the local swap meet yesterday, I picked up a few items; a stamped ‘1 quart liquid’ tin pitcher, a fancy roster nutcracker, some Army Engineer’s Brass Buttons [not sure of the age yet] and a silver tea caddy?

I spotted this at a vendor whom I have never dealt with, mostly modern stuff, but this caught my eye.  At first I thought there was something sitting on top.  When I got closer I saw that it was a raised cupola or turret that was pierced with Hebrew writing.

This is on the front:

This is on the reverse:

I have no idea what the purpose of this is and am hoping that someone may shed some light on the subject.  They were asking $12.00, but I had to beat them up on the price and got it for ten dollars.  It weighs 14.5 troy ounces and is marked 925 Sterling.  It passed the acid test and is sterling silver.  Lets see at the current price of silver, I did alright.



  1. As I mentioned on Facebook, my sister, Kathy, in Riverton reads Hebrew. If you don’t get a translation from someone on-line, I can give you her contact info and she can take a crack at it.

    Comment by Ken Pollard — November 29, 2010 @ 10:02 am

  2. Joel Moskowitz gave me a call and said that it was an Etrog Holder. It holds the fruit citron for one of their religious events. He also said it was worth more than I paid for it.


    Comment by Stephen Shepherd — November 29, 2010 @ 11:50 am

  3. Joel is right.
    You can find additional information here:

    The writing on the box is the beginning of the sentence: “And you shall take for yourselves …, the fruit of the beautiful [citron] tree,…”

    The sentence starts on what you called the “reverse” view:
    1st word – “Velakachtem” – you shall take
    2nd word – “Lachem” – for yourselves

    then on the “Front” view:
    3rd word – “Pri” – fruit
    4th word – “Etz” – tree
    5th word – “Hadar” – Citrus (the name of the genus, not specifically Citron).

    I hope this clarifies it.
    Eldad (A Neanderthal from Israel)

    Comment by Eldad — November 29, 2010 @ 12:55 pm

  4. Dang! Is there anything Joel doesn’t know????

    Comment by Doug F. — November 29, 2010 @ 3:53 pm

  5. sent it to facebook before I saw the comments section. a bit late…

    Comment by Jack — December 8, 2010 @ 1:54 pm

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