Jamaican me your wife: Rare Caribbean ketubah to go under hammer

A Jewish marriage contract from the year 1884 for a couple married in Kingston, Jamaica, will be auctioned as part of a sale of “Important Judaica.”

The Sotheby’s catalogue calls the item “An Exceedingly Rare Ketubah from Kingston, Jamaica, 1884.”  It is estimated to sell for $8,000 to $12,000 in Wednesday’s auction. It is the first time that Sotheby’s has offered a ketubah from Jamaica.

The ketubah marks the marriage of David ben Abraham Nunes Henriques and Amy bat Alfred Delgado in Kingston on Wednesday night, 23 Menahem Av 5644 (August 14, 1884). The bride’s grandfather, Moses Delgado, was a major figure in the history of Jewish Jamaica. President of the Kaal Kadosh Shahar Ashamaim, the Sephardic synagogue of Kingston, he was responsible for the successful campaign in 1831 granting full civil rights for Jews.


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