An Ottoman gold and silver thread leather Wallet in the name of John Barker, Constantinople with original note Turkey,  1750
Lot 148
An Ottoman gilt and silver thread-embroidered Leather Wallet in the name of John Barker Constantinople, Turkey, dated 1750
Sold for £3,125 (US$ 4,890) inc. premium

Lot Details
An Ottoman gilt and silver thread-embroidered Leather Wallet in the name of John Barker
Constantinople, Turkey, dated 1750
of red morocco densely embroidered to front and back with floral design, the front flap opening to reveal the word Constantinople 1750 and John Barker in gilt thread, the interior with three blue silk-lined compartments, with original note inside
19 x 11 cm.

Footnotes

  • The most likely owner of this wallet was a relation of the diplomat John Barker born in Smyrna (present-day İzmir) on 9th March 1771. Barker was educated in England and in 1797 went to Constantinople where he became private secretary to Sir John Spencer Smith, the British ambassador to the Ottoman Empire. The fact that this wallet is dated 1750 may possibly be an error by the embroiderer with a misreading of the numbers, or that the wallet may possibly have been made for his father.

    The handwritten accompanying note in black ink reads: This pocket book was taken from an officer of French dragoons at the Battle of Talavera in Portugal by a lieutenant of the English Light Cavalry together with a pair of elegant silver mounted pistols and a Turkish sabre and belt; [verso] Given to me by an officer serving in Sir Wm. Carstairs' staff and by me given to [...] Robert Bolton of York, Nov. 14th, 1811. In the pocket book was the officer's commission and certificate of birth which were returned

    The Battle of Talavera (July 27th–28th 1809) was a battle fought some 120 kilometres southwest of Madrid, Spain in the Peninsular War between the French and an Anglo-Spanish division.
Auction information

This auction is now finished. If you are interested in consigning in future auctions, please contact the specialist department. If you have queries about lots purchased in this auction, please contact customer services.

Buyers' Obligations

ALL BIDDERS MUST AGREE THAT THEY HAVE READ AND UNDERSTOOD BONHAMS' CONDITIONS OF SALE AND AGREE TO BE BOUND BY THEM, AND AGREE TO PAY THE BUYER'S PREMIUM AND ANY OTHER CHARGES MENTIONED IN THE NOTICE TO BIDDERS. THIS AFFECTS THE BIDDERS LEGAL RIGHTS.

If you have any complaints or questions about the Conditions of Sale, please contact your nearest customer services team.

Buyers' Premium and Charges

For all Sales categories excluding Wine, Coins & Medals and Motor Cars and Motorcycles:

Buyer's Premium Rates
25% on the first £50,000 of the Hammer Price
20% from £50,001 to £1,000,000 the Hammer Price
12% from £1,000,001 of the Hammer Price

VAT at the current rate of 20% will be added to the Buyer's Premium and charges excluding Artists Resale Right.

Payment Notices

Payment in advance: by cash, check with banker's card, credit card, bank draft or traveler's cheque.

Payment at collection: by credit or debit card.

Credit card charges: a surcharge of 2% is applicable when using Mastercard, Visa and overseas debit cards.

Shipping Notices

For information and estimates on domestic and international shipping as well as export licenses please contact Bonhams Shipping Department.

Contacts
  1. Matthew Thomas
    Specialist - Islamic and Indian Art
    Bonhams
    Work
    101 New Bond Street
    London, United Kingdom W1S 1SR
    Work +44 20 7468 8270
    FaxFax: +44 20 7468 8283
Similar Items