Auction 103 Fine Judaica.
By Kestenbaum & Company
Sep 20, 2023
The Brooklyn Navy Yard Building 77, 141 Flushing Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11205, United States

Auction of Judaica. Including a large offering of Americana from a distinguished Private Collection. Focusing on Jews in the American Civil War, featuring photographs, autograph letters and printed books.

Judaica books and manuscripts (non-Hebraic) are offered next.

This includes two important letters from the United States regarding Edgardo Mortara (Lot 31); an exceptionally rare E.M. Lilien livre-de-artiste (Lot 150); an impressive 18th-century plate-book featuring the Holy Land (Lot 156); a recently discovered illustrated letter by Arthur Szyk (Lot 199).

Utilize the Search-bar to locate books that are of regional interest, including: Austria, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Morocco, Poland, Russia, South Africa and Spain.

The final portion of the auction includes a wide selection of Jewish Graphic Arts, many formerly in the collection of the late Peter Ehrenthal; and Ceremonial Objects from a distinguished four-generation collection.

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LOT 45:


Headquarters Army of the ...

Sold for: $200
Start price:
$ 200
Estimated price :
$400 - $600
Buyer's Premium: 25%
sales tax: 8.875% On the full lot's price and commission


Headquarters Army of the Potomac. Leave of absence on Surgeon’s certificate of disability. Grants Captain John Casner leave for 20 days. Issued at Division 5th Army Corp Hospital “by command of Major General Meade.” Signatures of Paymaster and Assistant Adjutant General. Endorsed and signed on verso “H. Loewenthal, Surgeon in Charge”.

Printed with manuscript additions.

One page.

4th November, 1864. City Point, Virginia

Born in Berlin, Army Surgeon Herrmann Loewenthal (1836-96) was married by a rabbi in 1866 and is buried in a Jewish cemetery.

“According to the soldier's obituary, he "served as a Surgeon in the Prussian [A]rmy until 1863, when he came to" America. A furlough request for the soldier shows he was actually still a member of the Prussian Army when he came to America and enlisted in the US Army, and in January 1865, he requested a leave of absence from the US Army, to meet with the "Prussian minister" to get an extension on his leave from the Prussian Army.”