18th Century English Parcel-Gilt Silver Torah Pointer by Edward Aldridge
Silver Torah pointer (Yad), Edward Aldridge, London, England, circa 1765,
Spiral-fluted with bands of beads, ruffled cuff, with original silver chain, marked with maker's mark and lion passant. Early and fine example of English Judaica. Provenance: Central synagogue, London.
Silversmith Edward Aldridge entered his first mark in 1724 in Foster Lane. His shop, at the sign of the Golden Ewer, had several locations in Foster Lane and in Lilley Pot Lane, with various partners; in 1742 he was tried for counterfeiting marks at the instigation of his own guild, but was cleared by the jury "contrary to the opinion of the Court". His shop specialized in pierced work, particularly cake baskets, that were sold through retailers such as Parker & Wakelin