Yehiel Hadany

Start a Mezuzah Collection with Mezuzahs under $20

Start your Collection with Mezuzahs under $20

Have you been thinking about starting a mezuzah collection? If yes, then kick off 2024 by getting right into it.

Want to start with beautiful mezuzahs that you can find in the market and that cost less than $20 each?

Here are a couple of thoughts on how to get started. 

You can start by focusing on mezuzahs made by one artist or by mezuzahs made in a certain era. I’ll give you one recommendation for each approach.

If collecting the work of one artist appeals to you, then check out the work of Yehiel Hadany who was one of the foremost Israeli designers of the 20th century. His mezuzahs sell for less than $20 primarily because he used a gold sticker instead of a signature. Many of those stickers have fallen off over the years so people often don’t know what they are selling.

A second option is to start brass mezuzahs made in Israel in the 1950s. They have a lovely green patina that ages beautifully over time. A few are marked by companies such as Pal Bell and Oppenheim but most are not marked.

You can find these mezuzahs at online auctions and sales. Their are about 5000 mezuzahs for sale at online auctions at any time and you can search them 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Yehiel Hadany

Yehiel Hadany was one of Israel’s foremost designers in the latter part of the 20th Century. He had studios in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.

How to identify them: Hadany placed a sticker on the mezuzahs rather than signing them. Many of those stickers have fallen off. Use the examples shown here or look for mezuzahs with a Gold Hadany sticker.

 

Where to buy them: eBay or Bidspirit.co.il

How much do they cost? $10 – $20

Summary: Easy to find if you know what you are looking for, beautiful with good appreciation potential.

Israeli brass mezuzahs 1950s/1960s

Brass and bronze mezuzahs with a green patina were made in Israel from the late 1940s to the 1960s. Maurice Ascalon, founder of Pal-Bell, developed a chemical process to apply a green patina (verdigris) to the metal.  They were made by a number of companies including Pal Bell, Openheim, Tamar and Shpibar. The mezuzahs except for Pal-Bell are often unmarked.

How to identify them: Look for the green patina. With time you can tell the ones with age. They are often unsigned except for Pal-Bell. Most are 3″ – 4″ inches length.

Where to buy them: I usually buy them on Bidspirit.co.il or eBay. 

How much do they cost? $10 – $20. I often have to buy lots in Israel of several mezuzahs in Israeli auction.

Summary: A great way to start collecting mezuzahs.

How to search on eBay and Bidspirit

eBay: Go to eBay.com and enter mezuzah in the search bar. You should pull up $5000 mezuzahs. You may want to refine your search (look for used, brass mezuzahs).

Bidspirit.com: I actually prefer to use the Israeli Bidspirit site which is bidspirit.il. I search for mezuzahs in both Hebrew and English. The Hebrew search picks up items from Israeli auction  houses that list in hebrew.

To search in Hebrew paste the following into the search bar: מְזוּזָה or מְזוּזָ

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