Watermark Wednesdays: Crown-star-crescent

Crown-star-crescent watermark in p.326 of Isl. Ms. 564 (Special Collections Library, University of Michigan)
Crown-star-crescent watermark in p.326 of Isl. Ms. 564

This Wednesday's watermark comes to us from the Islamic Manuscripts Collection - one of the papers in Isl. Ms. 564 to be exact.

It features a crown-star-crescent motif commonly encountered in manuscripts produced in the former lands of the Ottoman Empire during the 16th-18th centuries. Our manuscript, for example, was produced in Yemen and transcribed during the year 1679. 

Under the scheme elaborated by Mošin and Grozdanovic-Pajié [1], this particular motif would be considered a Type VIII crown-star-crescent.  

p.51 from Vladimir Mošin and M. Grozdanovic-Pajié's "Das Wasserzeichen ‘Krone mit Stern und Halbmond.'"
p.51 from Vladimir Mošin and M. Grozdanovic-Pajié's "Das Wasserzeichen ‘Krone mit Stern und Halbmond.'"

A different watermark of the same type appears elsewhere in the volume.

Another Type VIII crown-star-crescent watermark in the papers of Isl. Ms. 564
Another Type VIII crown-star-crescent watermark in the papers of Isl. Ms. 564

Can you spot the differences between the two?


 [1] Mošin, Vladimir and M. Grozdanovic-Pajié. "Das Wasserzeichen ‘Krone mit Stern und Halbmond.'" Papiergeschichte 13 (1963): 44-52.

2 Comments

Kate Foster Hutchens
on Aug. 1, 3:04pm

It appears that, in the second watermark, the crescent is much slimmer. Perhaps the coils (is there some proper term for these?) of the crown are a singular, rather than double?

Evyn Kropf
on Aug. 1, 6:26pm

Yes! Slimmer crescent, smaller star, and lower portion rather unclear, but with facing curved prongs at least.