1885 Historic Treaty Tapestry, Battenberg/Mountbatten Family in Bulgaria, 1 of 7

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Creating Modern State of Bulgaria under first Tsar, Alexander the First, of Battenberg (Germany)

       1877 Treaty of San Stefano – 1884 Plovdiv Accords —-$9,700.00

There were reportedly seven (7) of these made in Vienna, to commemorate the breaking away of Bulgaria from the Ottoman yoke with the Treaty of San Stefano in 1877, ending the Russo-Turk War, which gained Bulgaria’s freedom from Turkey.

San Stefano split Bulgaria in two, giving the Bulgarians only the western half, but then, in 1884, with the Plovdiv Accords, the Battenbergs and Bulgaria took the remaining eastern half, making up the current state of Bulgaria.

Both events are commemorated on this tapestry, in Cyrillic.

The Battenbergs, Alexander the first Tsar of Bulgaria, was from a royal German house in Hesse, and were placed there by the major powers of Europe, in keeping with the terms of the San Stefano Treaty between Russia and the Ottoman Empire. 

The European powers placed a German family there to check Russian ambitions in the reagion as well as keep the Ottomans quiet. (They would meet again in WWI, thirty years later.)

Alexander, a maverick in his own right, and related to Queen Victoria, then expanded Bulgaria in 1885 with the Plovdiv Accords, causing him to be deposed in 1887.

The Battenbergs returned to their estates in Hesse.

Related to Queen Victoria, Alexander was not a favorite of Kaiser Wilhelm. When WWI broke out, the Battenbergs sided with the English and moved to England, and became the Mountbattens, of Lord Mountbatten fame, last Viceroy of India, Supreme Allied Commander of Southeast Asia in World War, and murdered by an IRA bomb in 1979…

…and Prince Philip Mounbatten, royal consort to Queen Elizabeth since 1947.

Acquired from a private dealer in Sofia in 1998, Approx 74″ x 54″, the piece had hung in my art gallery for several years until 2004. Made in Vienna by a company Z & AX & Co, which I can find nothing about, the piece is intact, has never been cleaned, but still bold in color, slight fraying around the edges, and with an approx. 5″ worn, thin spot in upper right quadrant, with exposed threads. (More pics are available on request.)

I recommend the buyer to see this first hand, or send an agent.

(I can be contacted at Tektrans@msn.com to arrange a date and time, or for other questions.)

Terms: Payment can be upon pickup, bank letter of credit. I can ship but only after payment process has been completed and confirmed, but would prefer buyer to pick up locally, so inspection can be made on site. Buyer will still have 21 days to return for refund.

(Finder’s fee: I will be placing several military and political pieces of historica from the USSR at this site over coming weeks. THIS IS THE ONE PIECE I will pay a $1000 finder’s fee to anyone who mid-wife’s this deal. This is the one piece we have to place in a good home, preferably a museum.)



About the Author:

Vietnam era Army JAG, Asia, 17-yr Cold Warrior in Soviet-China Bloc green zone, Been shot at and hit, but in crime, not war; twice-broken nose for lying (same fellow) hence good law school candidate; Could have been Somebody in Corporate world and politics, but at every crossroad chose to be a man with a tawdry past instead. Gave up law and am now a redeemed American.
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