Carl Koch’s baton (Wiesbaden synagogue)

photo: Waldemar Kielichowski © Institute of Music and Dance, Warsaw

Name: Carl Koch’s baton (Wiesbaden synagogue); Persons linked to the exhibit: Carl Koch; Date: 1885; Country: Germany; Town: Wiesbaden; Materials: dark wood, silvered metal; Measurements: length 33,4 cm, diameter 1,9 cm; Ownership: Jan Stanisław Witkiewicz’s collection; Inventory number: JSW 150; Description:

short baton with elaborate fittings; cylindrical body made of dark wood; intricate fittings with carved edges; at one end, the fitting is pear-shaped and finishes with a ball with engraved acanthus leaves, at the other, the fitting is shorter and flatter, ending with a flattened ball; in the mid section of the body, there is a ring decorated with pearl blasting and carved edges, with an engraved inscription; no hallmarks. The baton is accompanied with a tuning fork with the letter A and a rectangular baton case with an inscription. The baton was likely made by the goldsmith J.H. Heimerdinger, who was active in Wiesbaden and Ems – his company mark is on the casing. A similar baton can be found in the same collection under inventory number JSW 149 ("Gemischter Chor")

; Inscriptions:

on the ring: Seinem verehrten Dirigenten / Herrn Carl Koch, / der Synagogen Gesangverein / Wiesbaden 1885.; on the band: J.H. HEIMERDINGER / HOF-JUWELIER / WIESBADEN & EMS

; Catalog card: Joanna Gul, consultation: Magdalena Szmida-Półbratek (City Museum of Wrocław);

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