50 Objects: 'Working Lives and Trades'

The Jewish community in Britain has often been associated with particular trades. The museum’s collection includes material relating to medieval moneylenders, 18th century pedlars and boxers, 19th century financiers and politicians and 20th century tailors and bakers.

Furrier’s Hand Tools

Furrier hand tools belonging to Matthew Shaw who was a furrier in the 1920s and 1930s. They would have been used to shape fox heads for the fox head fur stoles.

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Libseth Sokal’s Apron

Apron worn by Lisbeth Sokal, who came to Britain in 1938 as a refugee from Nazism. Lisbeth was granted a visa to work in Britain as a domestic servant.

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Bristol Blue Glass Finger Bowl

Blue glass finger bowl, dating from the early 19th century, made in Bristol by Jacobs’ Glass. The company was founded in the late 18th century by Lazarus Jacobs and his son Isaac.

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Yiddish Typewriter

Yiddish typewriter belonged to the playwright Abish Meisels a central figure in the New Yiddish Theatre in Adler Street as a playwright and prompter.

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