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The Activities of the

by Jose Hinojosa Montalvo
The Activities of the Jews 205 kinds are exported: offensive, defensive and accountrements such as shields, swords, sword blades, darts, lances, daggers, bucklers, cuirasses, etc. We note particularly the enormous quantity of daggers exported in the second decade of the X V century. In 1415, for example, 546 units, all going to the territory  of Castile, possibly to Murcia, since the traders were Jews from Murcia. 50 Objects of domestic  usage are also frequent ( cups, plates, pitchers), particularly knives, 5 1  reflecting, as do the arms, the prestige achieved by metalwork in Valencia. Among items of furniture the most popular are the coffers of different sorts, painted boxes, artibanchs etc. Articles that we might qualify as industrial were many and extremely varied, mostly connected with professions typically exercised by the Jews ( tailors scissors, thimbles..) or with the land and cattle sector of the neighbouring countries: cards, shears, bells, chains... Sewing needles, packing needles and hatpins were particularly in demand and were exported by the thousands yearly. Other products are: steel files, dog chains, pincers, small bells, etc. Luxury and ornamental objects include items of domestic or individual use, going from arms to table- services. These encompass, made of silver: cups, brooches, bells, rings, belts, Moorish silver work, wrought silver, wire, adorned daggers; loose pearls, pearl necklaces or pearl buttons. What is of interest is not an exhaustive analysis of these products, but the way in which this Jewish commerce fits into the general lines of the barter in X V century Valencia, where manufactured products increasingly occupy an ever greater space as compared to the previous century, when the raw materials constituted the base. We should not forget the importance of the city of Valencia as a redistributing centre for foreign articles. THE IMPORT COMMERCE The notices that we have on the foreign Jews coming to trade in Valencia are very dispersed and unconnected. Nonetheless, they are of great importance for several reasons. Firstly, they cover the large gap that we had on the import trade in Valencia, for which we only knew generalities and some information 50 David Abenaroyo exported 209 daggers in two voyages, perhaps the greatest quantity of those documented,  and in 1419 another 157 daggers, whilst Jucef Abuzaran, of Toledo, exported 240. 51 In 1418 the Jew Jacob  took 540 knives to Castile. Chapter Home  | TOC 9 | Index 9 t t

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The Activities of the Jews 205 kinds are exported: offensive, defensive and accountrements such as shields, swords, sword blades, darts, lances, daggers, bucklers, cuirasses, etc. We note particularly the enormous quantity of daggers exported in the second decade of the X V century. In 1415, for example, 546 units, all going to the territory of Castile, possibly to Murcia, since the traders were Jews from Murcia. 50 Objects of domestic usage are also frequent ( cups, plates, pitchers), particularly knives, 5 1 reflecting, as do the arms, the prestige achieved by metalwork in Valencia. Among items of furniture the most popular are the coffers of different sorts, painted boxes, artibanchs etc. Articles that we might qualify as industrial were many and extremely varied, mostly connected with professions typically exercised by the Jews ( tailor's scissors, thimbles..) or with the land and cattle sector of the neighbouring countries: cards, shears, bells, chains... Sewing needles, packing needles and hatpins were particularly in demand and were exported by the thousands yearly. Other products are: steel files, dog chains, pincers, small bells, etc. Luxury and ornamental objects include items of domestic or individual use, going from arms to table- services. These encompass, made of silver: cups, brooches, bells, rings, belts, Moorish silver work, wrought silver, wire, adorned daggers; loose pearls, pearl necklaces or pearl buttons. What is of interest is not an exhaustive analysis of these products, but the way in which this Jewish commerce fits into the general lines of the barter in X V century Valencia, where manufactured products increasingly occupy an ever greater space as compared to the previous century, when the raw materials constituted the base. We should not forget the importance of the city of Valencia as a redistributing centre for foreign articles. THE IMPORT COMMERCE The notices that we have on the foreign Jews coming to trade in Valencia are very dispersed and unconnected. Nonetheless, they are of great importance for several reasons. Firstly, they cover the large gap that we had on the import trade in Valencia, for which we only knew generalities and some information 50 David Abenaroyo exported 209 daggers in two voyages, perhaps the greatest quantity of those documented, and in 1419 another 157 daggers, whilst Jucef Abuzaran, of Toledo, exported 240. 51 In 1418 the Jew Jacob took 540 knives to Castile. << Chapter >> Home | TOC 9 | Index 9 t t
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