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Fine Ottoman DIVIT, Scribes Pen Box, Turkey 19C

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Fine Ottoman DIVIT, Scribes Pen Box, Turkey 19C

The scribe’s set or ‘divit’ of traditional form with a long container for a pen and a container for ink. Overall, the box is decorated with fine quality engraving and punch-work, demi-lune panels of Islamic calligraphy are separated with charming depictions of various animals. The pen box has been stamped with two calligraphic seals, difficult for me to read, one possibly a Tugra, the other probably a maker’s personal mark. Quite the nicest ‘divit’ I have seen for a very long time.

10.1/4 inches long. Fine condition. The pen section lid is stiff but will open.

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