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Corporate seal

Undated, probably late 19th-early 20th century
Cast iron
11 inches high x 6.25 inches wide x 2.5 inches deep

This metal press is shaped like a lion, and when pressed it embosses the corporate seal of the Eldridge Street Synagogue congregation. This tool combines a traditional Jewish symbol – the lion – with the very American business practice of using a seal on important documents. The congregation’s seal attests to a willingness to adopt American ways and the congregation leaders’ desire to be sure that official paperwork complies with local laws.

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