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Eighteenth century Frankfurt silver Kiddush cup, £4200 at NL Auction Rooms.

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The majority of surviving examples were made in Augsburg in the middle decades of the 18th century and assume a similar form to this example that surfaced with modest two-figure expectations at NL Auction Rooms (15% buyer’s premium) in London on February 3.

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Detail of 18th century Frankfurt silver Kiddush cup, £4200 at NL Auction Rooms.

Engraved with a Hebrew blessing and the (possibly later) ownership inscription J Lazarus, it was clearly marked to both the raised foot and the octagonal bowl with the ‘loth’ weight 13 (denoting the silver fineness of 812 parts per 1000), the maker’s mark AK and town mark of Frankfurt am Main – once a centre for the manufacture of Jewish ceremonial silver.

Sufficient bidders spotted this example to send it to £4200.