This Tefillin bag belonged to Charles Kassel. On one side of the velvet bag has a “C” and “K”,  his initials, and on the other side the Magen David, or Star of David, is embroidered with the Hebrew year 5653, which translates to 1982 or 1893 in the Gregorian calendar, depending on the specific date. The velvet bag with a drawstring closure on top looks very similar to bags from Europe in the early 1900s (example linked below). The velvet bag holds Tefillin, or phylacteries, which are small black leather cases containing a Hebrew text that, traditionally, observant Jewish men tie to their arm and head during daily prayers.

Public records indicate that Charles (1877-1943) is buried at Greenwood Memorial Park in Fort Worth, Texas.

Charles Kassel Collection