11 October 2005
AN OTTOMAN SILVER TRAVELLING PENCASE (DAVAT)
TURKEY, PERIOD OF SULTAN ABDULAZIZ (1861-1876 AD)
Of typical form with rectangular section long tubular pencase with pronounced rounded ends, one hinged, one end with a rectangular section barrel-shaped inkwell, the ends and sides engraved with flowering sprays and with traces of gilding, stamped with tughra of Sultan Abdulaziz, the sah, and with the maker's mark of Fenni, slightly dented
12 1/8in. (30.8cm.) long
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This maker is recorded as having made pencases in the reigns of both Sultan Abdulmecid and Sultan Abdulaziz (Garo Kürkman, Ottoman Silver Marks, Istanbul, 1996, p.109, column 1, 3rd entry and column 2, first entry).
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