A small private collection of Judaica has fetched close to £19,000 after going under the hammer at an auction in Salisbury on Tuesday.
The six lots, offered by auctioneers Woolley and Wallis and sold by an English collector, were contested by dealers and private buyers from around the world.
“Objects from 18th century Europe always appeal to collectors of Judaica,” said Rupert Slingsby, head of Silver at Woolley and Wallis.
“These ritualistic pieces have been used as part of Jewish festival ceremonies for hundreds of years and have been treasured and kept safe throughout the religion’s darkest times. As such, they hold an extra special significance,” he added.
A pair of 18th century Kiddush cups was sold to a London dealer for £4,700. The cups made by a German silversmith bear an inscription around the rim and a band of flowers.
Two silver-mounted Jewish prayer books, including one printed by famed Venetian printers, sold for £4,750.
A 19th century silver Torah scroll holder fetched £1,250, while an 18th century German silver Torah pointer (Yad) totalled £2,000.