Usually, such objects were either manufactured by Lazarus Posen Witwe or the brothers Felix and Leo Horovitz, since these two businesses were the leading Jewish producers of silver goods. Both companies enjoyed a reputation far beyond the city of Frankfurt for especially elaborate and finely worked religious and ritual objects. A range of other 19th century objects from central and eastern Europe were donated to the Jewish Museum, with gifts from Siegfried Baruch, Meta Gorski and Ignatz Bubis greatly enriching our collection. Over the years, the museum's holdings were further enlarged by other donations and acquisitions of particular pieces.
These include, first and foremost, the besamin spice tower from Lemberg (today's Lviv) with its little figures in cold enamel, which was donated by Josef Buchmann, as well as the nineteenth century Torah breastplate made by goldsmith Eduard Schürmann. To mark the opening of the museum, Ignatz Bubis generously presented us with the Frankfurt Pesach Haggadah from his personal collection. This illuminated 18th-century manuscript was made for a court Jew's family living in the Judengasse.
The display of the core collection of religious artefacts is especially designed to offer a fascinating and educational insight into synagogue rituals, festivals and high holy days – and, in this way, fosters an understanding of a religious culture developing over two millennia.