Moses Montefiore Signed Letter HOLY LAND Letterhead
MOSES MONTEFIORE (1784-1885). British Financier and Banker, Donated Large Sums of Money to Promote the Jewish Community, President of the Board of Deputies of British Jews
c. 1860-80 Moses Montefiore Signed Letter, being written and Signed in Hebrew, measuring 7.5” x 9.5” (by sight), Framed to 10.75” x 12.75”, Choice Very Fine. Bold blue printed Letterhead reads, “HOLY LAND / SIR MOSES MONTEFIORE, BART.” Affixed Hebrew language brown Postage Stamp (all in Hebrew) at left, together historical description with image reproduced of Moses Montefiore attached to the back of the rich walnut frame. Attractive for hanging on display having a huge near 4” long prominent bold signature in Hebrew reading “Moses Montefiore”!
Sir Moses Haim Montefiore, 1st Baronet, FRS (24 October 1784 – 28 July 1885) was a British financier and banker, activist, philanthropist and Sheriff of London. Born to an Italian-Jewish family, he donated large sums of money to promote industry, business, economic development, education and health among the Jewish community in the Levant, including the founding of Mishkenot Sha'ananim in 1860, the first settlement of the New Yishuv.
As President of the Board of Deputies of British Jews, his correspondence with the British consul in Damascus Charles Henry Churchill in 1841–42 is seen as pivotal to the development of Proto-Zionism