A rare handwritten Jewish manuscript from 1726 -over 300 years old was found in rubbish during a house clearance.The 18th Century religious text was discovered in a cardboard box in a garage in Bury,BBC reports
The discovery was made during a house clearance conducted after the passing of the Jewish couple that lived there.
Bill Forrest of Adam Partridge Auctioneers made a field visit to valuate the antique items in the home and said,“There was this one very thin, fairly modest looking manuscript really sitting in there. I picked up, picked up that and started to leaf through it and realized actually this is quite a significant piece.”
It was a 20-leaf Haggadah, a prayer book filled with scripture and songs used on the first nights of Passover, painted on goatskin vellum by Aaron Wolff Shreiber Herlingen and is thought to date back to 1726. Partridge said, “So if we look here it’s all hand written by the scribe Aaron Wolff and hand illuminated as well each little vignette.”
A 300-year-old manuscript found in rubbish during a house clearance is expected to fetch a six-figure sum at auction next month.