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Lot 215
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A silver and gold thread embroidered leather wallet, Turkey, dated '1749'

Estimate
2,000 - 3,000 GBP
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Description

  • leather
  • 16.3 by 10cm.
the body of rectangular format with a fold over cover and two internal pockets, designed to the front with metallic threads with stylised floral decoration and inscribed with 'Gerard Adriaan onder de Linden, 1749', and 'Smirne' to reverse

Catalogue Note

A similar leather wallet, embroidered with the name: 'Robert St. Leger' and dated '1705' now in the Victoria and Albert Museum (Museum. no. W.13-1967) illustrates the popularity amongst Europeans for such souvenirs coming out of the Ottoman Empire. In the case of the Victoria and Albert Museum wallet, the early date suggests that the owner was probably a merchant rather than tourist. The same is also true for Gerard Adriaan, who presumably hailed from Linden and, to judge from the date and the mention of Smyrna, was involved in business, perhaps for the Department of Levantine Trade, the body that controlled Dutch trade with the Ottoman Empire from 1625.

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