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19th Century Sterling Silver Russian Torah Shield

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An astonishing example of late 19th century Russian Judaica, a Torah shield in sterling silver with worn parcel gilding. The hand wrought plate displays scrolled foliate and floral detailing to the shaped edges, tapered columns as well as the lions of Judah flanking a dimensional crown with three bells and a bird finial. Hinged doors in the center in the form of the ten commandment tablets open to a recess over a slot frame which contains four interchangeable placards engraved for various holidays.
The Torah ornamental shield is typically made of silver and engraved with Jewish symbols or scriptures. It is attached to a fine chain, and when the Sefer Torah is closed and covered, the breastplate hangs from the Atzei Chaim over the front of the mantel.

In the ritual function of the synagogue, the Sefer Torah is ornamented with a fitted vestment and either a silver Torah crown or finials and shield. The use of either associates the Torah with royalty and pronounces its central, sacred place in Jewish life.

  • This item has been evaluated and verified by an independent Graduate Gemologist (CINSSM).
  • The total approximate weight inclusive of all non-metal materials is 30.98 ozt.


- There are several dents to the top corners and wear to the gilding, indicative of age and use.


- The total approximate weight inclusive of all non-metal materials is 30.98 ozt

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