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Goldene Kette

Width at front: c. 4.4 metres

The Goldene Kette was built in the mid16th century as the Goldener Schwan by the prominent Jewish financier Josef Goldschmidt. After his death in prison in 1572 the house was renamed Goldene Kette ("golden chain") in 1580. The old name was reassigned to another house further north in the Judengasse.
In the 17th and 18th centuries the occupants of the house included members of the Mainz family, the Kett family, who came from Mainz and were named after the house, and the Buchsbaum and Stiebel families. Several occupants dealt in fats and oils, others in calfskin and clothing. Other occupants included a rabbi and a lottery organizer. Samuel Seligmann Stiebel, who died in 1800, was a court factor in Hanau and a collector for the Hanau State Treasury lottery, a post that he handed down to his son.
The house was destroyed in the fire of 1711 but soon rebuilt. In 1887 the city took it over for demolition.

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