The Sultan's Gift

Dr.E13

Dr.E13

2016-08-30 19:49:38

I saw a rusty piece of junk for sale on the internet. Why would anyone pay good money for a rusted, broken hulk?  The next day I explained to my wife that it was a relic, which intrigued me. I paid the price and awaited its arrival. It finally arrived and sure enough I had a piece of junk with strange Arabic writing.

Getting it translated wouldn’t be a problem. I had students, friends, colleagues and several translation services, who could easily help. My friend figured out the date and, along with everyone else, had no idea what the script said. I spent several months searching for a translation. No luck.


Eventually the chairman of a university school of language responded to my e-mail and said it is Ottoman, a pre-1929 form of Turkish. I said great what does it say? He quickly replied that he could identify the language, but couldn’t translate it. He connected me with a professor who translated it. She did a great job!

 The writing says that around 1886, (The absolute ruler of the Ottoman Empire), Sultan Abdul Hamid II presented this Very pistol (flare gun}, as a gift to his imperial navy for signaling. Thanks to her I was able to determine that my rusted, broken, junk was in fact an important relic of the Ottoman Empire.

 Please see below.

  

 The Sultan’s Gift

The Sultan’s Gift

(AbdülHamîd II) Sene 1304 (Hijri) - 1886/87 (Miladi)

(AbdülHamîd II) Sene 1304 (Hijri) - 1886/87 (Miladi)

Ay Ha (initials of Sultan AbdulHamid II)

Süfen-i hümâyun-u mülûkânede (1)  In the imperial navy

 İşaret endaht olunmak üzere (2) for signaling

 Süfen-i hümâyun-u mülûkânede (3)  [this] is presented by

His Highness [The Sultan AbdulHamid II]

 

 

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Dr.E13

Dr.E13

2016-08-30 19:56:28





The Sultan’s Gift



(AbdülHamîd II) Sene 1304 (Hijri) - 1886/87 (Miladi)
Ay Ha (initials of Sultan AbdulHamid II)



Süfen-i hümâyun-u mülûkânede (1) In the imperial navy


??aret endaht olunmak üzere (2) for signaling


Süfen-i hümâyun-u mülûkânede (3) [this] is presented by
His Highness [The Sultan AbdulHamid II]







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