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FOR SALE: Happy Birthday Prince Archie: 1885 Mountbatten Family in Bulgaria, Historic Treaty Tapestry, 1 of only 7

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Not for everyone, but if you want to claim favor with the British Royal Family and their Mountbatten kinsmen, and newly acquired American relations, this may be the ticket.

Alexander Battenberg of Hesse, (Germany) was the first Tsar of Bulgaria, after the state was created in 1879 from  the Treaty of San Stefano was signed ending the Russo-Turkish War, 1878-79. But half the Bulgarian state created by this Treaty was stripped away by the major European Powers, so Alexander reclaimed it with the Plovdiv Accords in 1885 and a small war with Serbia.

This tapestry commemorates that event, and (I’m told), only seven were made (by a company in Vienna) as Bulgaria was not allowed to be a signatory to the Treaty of San Stefano.

I acquitted this in Bulgaria about 20 years ago from a dealer-friend connected to some of the old pre-communist royal families of Bulgaria. Almost no post-Communist Bulgarian knew their first Royal House, the Battenbergs, would become the Mountbatten’s of England at the outbreak of World War I. Alexander’s brother, Louis, would marry the granddaughter of Queen Victoria, and become the father of Lord Louis Mountbatten, Supreme Commander of Allied Forces  in South East Asia in World War II, and the last Viceroy of India. His sister would become Prince Phillip Mountbatten, husband of Queen Elizabeth II, great -grandparents, to Archie Mountbatten-Windsor, new son of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, Duke and Duchess of Sussex, only born recently.

The tapestry hung in my gallery in Virginia until 2005, when I had to close it due to family illness.

       1877 Treaty of San Stefano  and 1884 Plovdiv Accords

                                                                  (17,500 USD)

Both events are commemorated on this tapestry, in Cyrillic.

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 or vbushmills@yahoo.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 so inspection can be made on site. Buyer will still have 21 days to return for refund.

(Finders’ fee available, feel free to inquire)

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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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