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This object is currently being catalogued
  • Ink well and pen case
  • This object is currently being catalogued
  • Mahomed
  • Turkey
  • early 19th century
  • Silver and gold, cast, chased and engraved
  • Length: 25.8 cm
    Weight: 0.3 kg
  • Inscription: 'Richard Seymour' Engraved
    Inscription: 'Mahomed'
    Hallmark: Turkish silver mark
  • OA1653
  • Oriental Armoury
Commentary
History
Further Reading
  • Such a pen-case (Kalam Dan) would have been held under the arm while the inkwell was being used. The inscriptions engraved upon it in Arabic include the name of the maker (Mahomed), and also that of the owner Richard Seymour Conway comte de Yarmouth. The title ‘Lord Yarmouth’ was only used by the eldest son and heir of each Marquess of Hertford; in the case of Richard Seymour-Conway, 4th Marquess of Hertford, it was a title only used by him between the years of 1822 and 1842. In 1829 he is known to have visited the British Embassy in Constantinople (now Istanbul, Turkey), and seems to have stayed in the city for some months, so he may well have acquired this item then. In this case it may well constitute his earliest-known acquisition.