11 October 2005
AN OTTOMAN SILVER TRAVELLING PENCASE (DAVAT)
TURKEY, PERIOD OF SULTAN MUSTAFA III (1757-1774 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 delicately engraved with flowering sprays and vases and with traces of gilding, stamped with tughra of Sultan Mustafa III, later engraved NM16.IV.1942
10 1/8in. (25.6cm.) long
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The later engraved inscription is a dedication to Numan Menemencioglu who was a government minister in various posts and at the time of this donation was the Foreign Minister of Turkey. The penbox has passed from him to the present owner through inheritance.
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