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Silver charity box with hinged cover
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Charity box with hinged cover
Inscribed: “This Almsboxe belongeth to the Synagogue of
Kahal Kadosh of Charleston in South Carolina”
United States, early 19th century
Silver-plated
Private collection

The gilded cartouche on the front of this alms box features two rampant lions, each standing on a scrolled branch, flanking a menorah. The Hebrew inscription engraved above reads “Charity will save from death,” and below, “A gift in secret pacifieth anger” (Proverbs 21:14).

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