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Mayer Carl von Rothschild (1820-1886)

Mayer Carl von Rothschild was born in Frankfurt on 5 August 1820, the eldest of Carl's sons. He eventually took a controlling role in the management of the Frankfurt House after the death of his uncle Amschel. Mayer Carl studied at the University of Göttingen and in Berlin. He married his cousin Louise at the London synagogue in Duke's Place on 6 April 1842. In Frankfurt, the couple lived at first on the Zeil, before acquiring a house on the Untermainkai and the Günthersburg mansion outside the city. Mayer Carl amassed an incomparable collection of silverware.

In 1854, the firm was made Banker to the Court of Prussia. Mayer Carl acquired personal honours too, such as the Duchy of Parma consulship in Frankfurt, Consul of Bavaria and Austrian Consul-General. He undertook more demanding roles, when in 1866, he took part in a Frankfurt delegation to Berlin to demand a reduction in the contribution to the war effort, was a deputy in the North German Diet, a member of the German Reichstag and took a seat on the Frankfurt city parliament. In 1871 he became the first Jew appointed to the Prussian Upper House. He died on 16 October 1886.

Mayer Carl von Rothschild, catalogue of collections, ‘Luthmer’ catalogues, 1883; 1885

000/2266, 2 boxes, 2 items

Two sets of 'Luthmer' catalogues of the collections of Mayer Carl von Rothschild (1820-1886): "Der Schatz des Freiherrn Karl von Rothschild, Meisterwerke alter Goldschniedekunst aus dem 14-18 Jahrhundert, Herausgegeben von F. Luthmer, Architekt und Director der Kunstgewerkerschukle zu Frankfurt AM, Frankfurt Am Main, Verlag von Heinrich Keller": Portfolio of Master Catalogues of Goldwork containing individual loose leaf plates of text with mounted black and white plates: Erste Series, Tafel I-L [1-50], 1883;  Zweite Series, Tafel I-L [1-50], 1885. [Note:  The original wooden cases (which are damaged) have been retained; the catalogues have been reboxed.

Mayer Carl von Rothschild, estate papers, 1886-1895; 1936-1939

000/102, 2 boxes

Papers of the Executors of the estate of Baron Mayer Carl von Rothschild (1820-1886) concerning the division of his estate amongst his heirs, and later papers concerning the estate of his wife Louise (1820-1894). The papers include: correspondence concerning the division of the estate of the late Baron Mayer Carl von Rothschild (1820-1886). Many of the letters are from Wilhelm Carl von Rothschild (1828-1901), the brother of Mayer Carl; correspondence concerning the estate of the late Louise, Baroness Mayer Carl von Rothschild (1820-1894), including letters from Wilhelm Carl von Rothschild (1828-1901), the brother-in-law of Louise; document entitled ‘Statement of the estate of Mayer Carl at Frankfurt’, c.1887.;  document entitled ‘Baron Meyer Carl de Rothschild Inventarium, 1 August 1887’.; document entitled ‘Division of the estate of Baron M Carl de R’ being a list of the division of the estate of Mayer Carl von Rothschild; document entitled ‘Lady Rothschild, her share of the estate of the late Baton M. Carl de R’. This document details the share of the estate of Mayer Carl von Rothschild received by Emma, Lady Rothschild (1844-1935), his daughter; document entitled ‘The Honourable Lionel Walter Rothschild and Nathan Charles Rothschild their share of Bn. M. Carl de Rothschild’s estate. This document details the share of the estate of Mayer Carl von Rothschild received by Lionel Walter Rothschild (1868-1937) and Nathaniel Charles Rothschild (1877-1923), his grandsons; document entitled ‘Division of the estate of the late Baroness M Carl de R’ being a list of the division of the estate of Louise, Baroness Mayer Carl von Rothschild, dated 30 April 1895; folder containing three envelopes each containing documents concerning lists of securities and stocks received under the estates of Mayer Carl von Rothschild and Louise, Baroness Mayer Carl von Rothschild by their daughters Laura Thérèse, Baroness James Edouard de Rothschild (née von Rothschild) (1847-1931), Margaretha Alexandrine, Duchess de Gramont (née von Rothschild) (1855-1905), Bertha Clara, Princess de Wagram (née von Rothschild) (1862-1903); folder of correspondence concerning securities and stocks belonging to Margaretha Alexandrine, Duchess de Gramont (née von Rothschild) (1855-1905), transferred to de Rothschild Frères, 1895. [Note the file includes later correspondence from the 1930s concerning these matters].

Mayer Carl von Rothschild, estate papers, 1842-1900

000/86, 1 box

Papers concerning the estate of Mayer Carl including will and codicils and statements of interest due to various family members under the terms of his will.