A Rare Ottoman Cylindrical Paper Mache Scribe’s Pen-Box (Kubur) With Silver Plated Brass Ink-well(مقلمة مع محبرة عثمانية من الورق السميك مغطى بالصدف ),Veneered With Rhombus Shaped Mother of Pearl,The Ottoman Provinces,Istanbul & Jerusalem,Late18th.Century

Identification Number: 443


Condition: Very good, The Brass Parts had been probably silver plated in the west in the late 19th. Century by the item previous owners, The Powder compartment had been removed and sealed by a Jerusalem carved mother of pearl disc decorated with blossoming flowers, the interior lacquered paper Mache has some minor wear and tear, the old shop label is available but is damaged.


28.8 cm long.

4 cm diam. across the round base and body.


For similar Ottoman Cylindrical Paper Mache Scribe’s Pen-Box (Kubur-Divitler), please see

1- Osmanli’da günlük yasam nesneleri, by M. Sinasi Acar, ISBN 10: 9944757551 / ISBN 13: 9789944757553
Published by DEKAR / YEM: Yapi Endüstri Merkezi, Istanbul, 2015. Pages 116, 128 &129.

2- For another similar Cylindrical Scribe’s Pen-Boxes (Kubur-Divitler), please see Traces of the Calligrapher, Islamic Calligraphy In Practice, C1600- 1900, BY Mary McWilliams, and David LJ. Roxburgh, The Museum Of Fine Arts, Houston, USA.
Please see figure 58-59 catalogued in pages 58 & 59.

3-For another similar Cylindrical Paper Mache Scribe’s Pen-Box (Kubur-Divitler) with mother of pearl mounts and with Ottoman Marked silver parts please see,
Ottoman Silver Marks by Garo Kurkman, similar lot catalogued on page 163 that bears (the Tugrah of Sultan Osman III).