Miniature Ottoman Gem-set Dagger
- Dated: 19th century
- Medium: steel, green glass, rubies, emeralds, gold, velvet,
- Place of Origin: Turkey
- Measurements: 11.7 cm. long
This miniature dagger is based on a 17th century prototype, an emerald-hilted example of which can be seen in the collection of Topkapi Saray, Istanbul, inv. no. 2/ 152. The dagger features a green glass hilt with quillons set with rubies and emeralds, the gold damascened blade features an inscription.
The gilt scabbard is set with further rubies and emeralds and chased to depict a trailing vine, verso with a trailing vine and scale design chape. The suspension loop comes with a chain with faceted sections and green glass beads, in original fitted velvet box with the tughra of HIH Princess ‘Adile Sultana (1825-1898).
- Princess ‘Adile Sultana (1825 -1898) or HIH Princess ‘Adile Sultana (Turkish: Adile Sultan) was the daughter of Sultan Mahmud II (1785-1839) and sister of the Sultans Abdulmecid I and Abdulaziz. She was an Ottoman princess, a renowned female Diwan poet and a philanthropist.
- Born in Constantinople, Adile Sultana lost her mother at a very young age, and was raised by Nevfidan Kadin, the chief sultana in the palace. She received a high standard of education and was, like her father, very interested in the arts.
- In 1845, Adile Sultana married the commander of the fleet Kapudan-i Derya Mehmed Ali Pasha, who served briefly as Grand Vizier to Sultan Abdulmecid (1823-1861).
- She lost her three children and later her husband in 1868. In deep mourning, she entered the order of Naqshbandi and devoted herself to charitable activities before her death in 1898. She was interned in the mausoleum of her husband in Eyüp, Istanbul.
- Adile Sultana’s literary works were as successful as those of Leyla Hanim and Fitnat Hanim, two renowned female poets of her era. However, her works are important as they shed light on palace life and the administration of the Ottoman Empire.
- She composed a poem about the murder of her younger brother Sultan Abdulaziz (1830-1876), officially deemed a suicide. She also assisted in publishing the printed version of the Divan of Suleyman the Magnificent (1494-1566). A compilation of her poetry ‘Adile Sultan’s Divan was published in 1996.
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Evening Gown | Callot Soeurs | c. 1907
This evening gown is a delicate confection of silk satin, silk tulle, and thousands of hand-tinted and hand-embroidered glass bugle beads. It was once owned by the internationally famous beauty Consuelo Vanderbilt (1877–1964), who at the time she donned this creation was the 9th Duchess of Marlborough.Consuelo had been the wealthiest of the American “Dollar Princesses”—destined after her arranged marriage to be mistress of Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire,England—the only private palace in Britain. Her magnificent gown is attributed to the French couture house Callot Soeurs, and was likely worn as dinner attire.