An extraordinary antique Jewish silver Torah pointer. This rather large and ornate Austrian example dates to the mid-late 19th century, likely made by the fine craftsmen in Vienna. Featuring highly stylized scrolls and flowers with a very large loop, to allow for the "Yad" to be suspended from the Torah scroll. At the other end is a hand with a pointed index finger, used by the Cantor as he reads from the Bible. The midsection is embellished with a carved and etched bone cylinder, with a hexagonal design. The bone is bovine in origin and kosher, as this example was actually used by a European congregation in the 19th century. With a small hallmark in the silver. Guaranteed to be a high quality 19th century example - unlike many other yads made for trade and tourism. This one of a kind piece would make a treasured family heirloom or an excellent investment! Rare examples like this are becoming increasingly hard to come by as demand for antique silver Judaica remains strong.
Condition: In good original condition with minimal wear, no damages or repairs. The handsome patina has been left untouched/unpolished.
Measurements: 13 1/4 in long x 2 7/8 in wide (33.5 cm x 7.25 cm).