Lot 11
  • 11

Swiss

Estimate
5,000 - 7,000 USD
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Description

  • A GOLD AND ENAMEL CONVERTIBLE POCKET CHRONOMETER WITH PORTRAIT OF SULTAN ABDÜLMECID I, MADE FOR THE TURKISH MARKET
    CIRCA 1840
  • diameter 51 mm
• gilt pivoted detent chronometer movement, bi-metallic compensation balance, gold cuvette engraved with scrolling foliage • white enamel dial, Turkish numerals • polychrome enamel portrait of Sultan Abdülmecid I in military dress, bordered by enamel floral swags, outer case with polychrome enamel map of part of the greater Ottoman Empire (with some loss), within chased foliate borders • both cases and cuvette numbered

Catalogue Note

Abdülmecid I (1823-1861) reigned as the Sultan of the Ottoman Empire for more than 20 years and is widely known as a reformer who led his people on a path to modernization. He worked diligently with non-Muslims and non-Turks to change laws to better integrate them into Ottoman society. He fought off a growing nationalist fever that swept through the Empire's territories and forged strong bonds with Western Europe by fighting along with them in the Crimean War.

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