A presentation gift for Rev. D.W. Marks.
Engraved with the Sacrifice of Isaac and other decorative scenes, including the building of the Jews Free School (London). Inscribed with Biblical and liturgical quotes in both Hebrew and English: “Blessed is he that considereth the poor, the Lord will deliver him in time of trouble.” And: “Blessed shalt thou be as thou comest in and blessed shall thou be as thou goest out.” Couple small chips, small portion of inscription faded. Set on lucite stand. 9.5 inches (24 cm). Presentation inscription: “This artistic effort of a poor man is most humbly and respectfully presented to Rev. D.W. Marks… Conveying his grateful feelings to that gentleman for his untiring and indefatigable efforts in promoting the welfare of the children of the Hebrew nation.” The artist is unknown, however he states: “The whole engraving is executed with a common penknife.” Reverend David Woolf Marks (1811-1909) was a Hebrew scholar and the first religious leader of the nonconformist West London Synagogue. London’s Jews Free School was established in 1732 as the Talmud Torah of the Great Synagogue of London, and served the needs of orphans in the community. In 1822 the school was relocated to Bell Lane in the East End where, throughout the 19th century, it absorbed thousands of immigrant children. It continues today, now located in the heart of Jewish North-West London.