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Crest and motto of Lord Birdwood 00001059

The armorial wooden panel measures 18 x 18 ins and is a little over half an inch thick. It was probably painted during the time of the third Baron Birdwood but the crest and motto is the same as was used by the 1st Baron who, as General Sir William Birdwood was commander in chief in India during the1920s. The price for this item does not include shipping charge. The Latin motto translates as " calm in battle".

3rd Bengal Light Infantry. 00001125

A Victorian badge of the 3rd Bengal Light Infantry engraved on a concave section of silver plated metal. This concave piece of metal once formed part of a now disintegrated bottle stand, probably once part of the regimental mess silver. It measures 6 x 3 inches overall and the badge itself is approximately 2.5 x 2 inches. The regiment was one of the European regiments of the Bengal Army which eventually went into the British Line after the Indian Mutiny. A quirky item of regimental memorabilia.

17th Infantry (The Loyal Regiment). Officer’s gilt tunic button of the Edwardian era 00001043

.The large sized [23mm diameter] button has the king’s crown above the roman numeral XVII within a circle with THE LOYAL REGIMENT title. The button has the back mark of Hobson of London. The title was earned by the regiment for its especially loyal service and it should not be confused with the British line infantry Loyal Regiment [the 47th Foot]. Before 1903 the regiment was titled 17th Mussulman Rajput Infantry (The Loyal Regiment). It disappeared in the reforms of 1922.

16th Lancers, a fine officer's sabretache badge with Indian battle honours 00000976

A handsome late 19th century blotter of straight grain green morocco leather mounted on the front with an officer's sabretache badge, the interior lined with green silk [some lacking] and comprising two pockets. The badge has battle honours for the Peninsula War and Waterloo around the central scroll and royal cypher and beneath the scroll are the regiment's Indian honours for the battles of Ghuznee, Affgahnistan, Bhurtpore, Maharajpore, Aliwal, and Sobraon. The overall dimensions when closed are 14.5 x 10 inches.

Arms of the Great Indian & Peninsula Railway 10091

A painted panel, seemingly cut from a larger piece, perhaps part of a carriage. The arms which include an elephant and train are painted in oils on a piece of thin plywood [approximately 3mm thick], cut rather irregularly from a large panel of some sort. There are small areas of damage and paint loss but on the whole the item is perfectly sound and sturdy. A few holes have been drilled in the surrounding wood but these do not affect the painted area. An amusing decorative item for the Indian railway enthusiast.

Gilt buttons as worn by Viceregal staff in the reign of King George V 11008

Examples of the gilt buttons worn by Viceregal Staff during the reign of George V. These are examples of the large size tunic button which has the cypher applied in high relief. The back stamp of the maker is that of Pitt & Co, Maddox Street, London. The price quoted is for a single button.

75th Carnatic Infantry. A Lieutenant Colonel's scarlet dress tunic of the Edwardian era 10094

The tunic is of standard Indian Army pattern with 8 buttons to the front and six to the tails. The facings are yellow for the 75th Carnatic Infantry and the lace is that of a lieutenant colonel as are the rank badges of which the imperial crown suggests a period of 1901-1911. Stitched loops for the officer's medals suggest a sizable group occupying six inches, The cloth is in generally good condition with one small area of old moth attack to the left of the 2nd button as viewed. The padded lining is sound, the b lack silk lining of the collar is worn through along the top of the neck line, The tunic appears to be of English manufacture and the buttons have the back stamp of John Gaunt Ltd of London. . The gilt of the shoulder boards is not as bright as on the sleeves and collars perhaps suggesting they have been re-used after a promotion. In the 1907 Army List shows Lt Col M E O'Donoghu as the Commandant of the 75th Carnatic Infantry. The regiment was first raised at Tanjore in 1776.

7th Aligarh Lancers. A uniform headdress tin with carrying handle 10096

A tin headdress carrying case for an officer of the 7th Aligarh Lancers, oval approximately 15 x 12ins with a height with the handle laid flat of 17ins. The tin is in good condition, the lid opening to reveal an unfitted interior painted blue/green and with a chain to support the open lid. There are traces of an owner's name on the front slope of the lid but the painted lettering has left only a shadow reading "CAPT H A .....". The tin appears to have still been in use during the second world war as the layers of lining Indian newspaper in the bottom report tributes to Gandhi and activities of the German navy. Although the tin does not have the typical brass name plate of a British one the stamped brass lock plate shows it to have been made for the 7th Aligarh Lancers.

Golden Jubilee of Queen Victoria [1837-1887] 00001061

A white metal commemorative of Queen Vicotria’s Golden Jubilee of 1887. The medal is 37mm in diameter [slightly large than most British campaign medals] and bears on the obverse the veiled head of Queen Victoria [as first used on the Egypt Medal] with the legend “VICTORIA QUEEN AND EMPRESS”. The reverse has the legend “VICTORIA 1837 1887 JUBILEE” around the imperial cypher VRI beneath an imperial crown. There is a small hole at the top of the medal. This may have been a medal struck in India, where the jubilee was highly celebrated. The use of the title Queen and Empress and the cypher VRI are not often found on this Medal.

Central India Horse. A Lieutenant Colonel’s full dress tunic. 00001119

A very good and scarce dress tunic of the 38th and 39th Central India Horse. The tunic is of hussar pattern and is described in the official Dress Regulations for the Indian Army as being an ‘optional’ item of uniform for British officers. No doubt in the heat of Central India the regimental kurta would have been decidedly more comfortable. The tunic is described as being of drab cloth [a sort of light khaki or sand colour] and has maroon velvet facings to the collar and cuffs with the standard hussar gold lace and cord with five loops across the breast fasted with olivets, the sleeves with Austrian knots. The distinctive shoulder straps, also of hussar pattern, have the rank badges of a lieutenant colonel, the crown of the distinctive imperial style worn by this regiment and also appearing on the pairs of gilt buttons to the sleeves. There is no maker’s label or name to the uniform but it probably dates from the Edwardian period and the limited number of lieutenant colonels may make it possible to pin it down to an original owner. There are four loops on the left breast where a medal bar could be fixed, possibly allowing for about four medals. The Central India Horse was a very smart cavalry regiment which produced a number of officers who occupied important extra-regimental positions. For example, when the Imperial Cadet Force was formed its only two British officers were its commandant at the Delhi Durbar of 1903, Major W A Watson [who later commanded the regiment] and its adjutant, Captain D H Cameron.

19th Punjab Infantry Lieutenant’s scarlet dress tunic, circa 1901-1903. 11025

A good dress tunic of the regiment with white piping and black facings, the London made buttons are by Hobson & Sons of Lexington Street and the jacket retains 7 of the front buttons [lacking the top one], and the correct two to the tails; the epaulettes have the correct regimental buttons and carry the rank badges of a lieutenant. The buttons bear the imperial crown of Edward VII’s reign and as the regimental title changed in 1903 [to 19th Punjabis] they probably date the tunic to the first few years of the reign. The cloth, inside and out is in good condition with just a little wear to the gilt lace.

Miniature breast badge of a Companion of the Most Eminent Order of the Indian Empire 11027

A good example of the miniature version of the CIE, 15cm high excluding ring, in silver gilt with enamels. This is the post 1901 example as the wording reads “Imperatoricis Auspiciis”. The wording was changed from “Victoria Imperatorix” on the death of the Queen Empress. Miniatures were made by jewellers rather than issued by the government so quality can vary greatly: this appears to be of very good quality and the enamel is undamaged. This version of the order is the style which would have been awarded at both the 1903 and the 1911 Delhi Durbars.

Bombay Engineers, a Victorian Lieutenant Colonel’s scarlet dress tunic. 11026

An attractive example of a senior officer’s tunic of the Bombay Army, with blue piping, blue velvet facings to the cuffs, correct gilt lace for the rank and with all its buttons retaining full gilt. The buttons, by the leading London maker Jennens & Co, are nine to the front and six to the divided tails. There is considerable wear to the padded upper lining and some moth damage to the lining of the lower parts. The scarlet cloth remains in good condition with some minor moth damage, wear to the cuff velvet and damage to one small loop of the lace on the left cuff.

Six silver coffee spoons , the finials as British Generals circa 1900 00001143

The six spoons are hallmarked in Birmingham 1899 -1900 and each spoon is approximatel 4.5ins [113mm] overall. Each has the finial struck in the form of a general famous at the time of manufacture. Two of the these generals were Commander in Chief India at some time - Lord Kitchener and Lord Roberts. The others arse Generals Buller, White, French and Baden-Po=well. The bowl of the spoon is engraved with the appropriate name.

WANTED. Indian army buttons, especially of the Company period, for private collection 10000

A group of Indian Army buttons of the type I would like to buy for my own collection. Any offers will be gratefully acknowledged. These are: 7th Bengal Lancers, Governor General's Bodyguard, 2nd, 10th, 19th & 58th Native Infantry, East India Company .

7th (Duke of Connaught's Own ) Rajputs. A large size officer's button, post 1901. 11075

A large size [approx 1 inch, 15mm diameter] gilt brass tunic button of the early 20th century. The button is in good condition although it has lost much of the brightness of the original gilding. This example was manufactured by Ranken & Co of Calcutta whereas most officers buttons were made in Britain. We also have a small example of this button available at £4.

Probyn's Horse. An officer's gilt brass button of large size. 11076

The button was manufactured by J R Gaunt & Co of London in the early 20th century. The regiment was originally raised by Dighton Probyn at the time of the Mutiny [in the course of which Probyn won a Victoria Cross]. During the 1st World War the regiment was known as the 11th King Edward's Own Lancers. It's identity is not lost and after independence and partition it went to Pakistan where it is now the senior cavalry regiment. A particularly good example retaining full bright gilding.

Indian Medical Staff, George V period large sized officer's gilt button 11077

A very clean example of the high quality gilt brass button worn by the Medical Staff officers. This example bears the cypher of King George V, GRI [Georgius Rex Imperator] and was manufactured by Pitt & Co of Maddox Street, London.

The Taj Mahal, a larger than usual Victorian miniature painting in carved hardwood frame. 11080

A considerably larger than usual miniature painting of the Agra School showing a frontal view of the Taj Mahal. The oval painting measures approximately 130 x 65mm [5 x 3.5ins] and is covered by bevelled glass [making it rather difficult to photograph easily]. The handsomely hand carved ebony frame is rectangular and measures 9.25 x 7.5ins [235 x 190mm], It has metal ring and wire suspension on the reverse of the frame and there is a recess for a strut mount but that is lacking. An old newspaper cutting about the Taj is pasted to the reverse. Such paintings became popular in the middle years of the nineteenth century and this is of the top quality - both in terms of painting and hand carving. It probably dates from the last quarter of the nineteenth century.

Skinner's Horse, 1st Bengal Cavalry. A souvenir regimental plate 00001029

Skinner’s Horse. A 7 inch diameter plate by Eagle Potteries Bone China, India with the regimental title beneath crossed lances badge in full colour to the upper rim and a central fully coloured decoration showing a mounted sowar in the characteristic yellow uniform and another in the blue kurta standing in front of him. We are not sure of the date of this item but it looks later 20th century and was possibly made for the 200th anniversary of the birth of Col Skinner in 1978. This is the most famous and senior of all Indian cavalry regiments and still holds pride of place in the present day Indian army. Members of the Skinner family were certainly still serving in the 1990s.

Seringapatam Medal in silver gilt, awarded by the East india Company 11086

A very good example of the Seringapatam Medal in silver gilt, of which only 185 were awarded. The medal was awarded by the East India Company in 1808 to those who had taken part in the campaign against Tipoo Sultan in various grades from gold to pewter according to rank. The medal was always issued unnamed but the silver gilt and gold medals awarded to the more senior officers are sometimes found, like this one, in a glazed case and mounted on various types of suspension. This example retains an old yellow ribbon which seems to be generally accepted as the one most commonly used at the time although no official ribbon was prescribed. Indian troops often wore theirs from a yellow cord through a hole punched in the medal. The obverse has a handsome image of the British lion triumphing over Tipoo's tiger and the reverse shows a view of the battle. The date of the battle, 4th May 1799, is shown in Roman numerals in the exergue of the obverse.with the designer's initials C.H.K. just above to the right..

7th Bengal Cavalry. An officer's ball button of the Company period 11088

An officer's small [15mm diameter] button of the 7th Bengal Cavalry, open backed and made from silvered copper. The regiment owed its origins to the 16th Irregular Cavalry raised in 1846 and as the 7th Hariana Lancers it remained loyal during the Mutiny. A scarce item.

Royal Visit to India of H.R.H. The Prince of Wales 1875-1876 00001062

A small silver medalet believed to have been given to members of the crews of HMS Renown, HMS Terrible and the Royal Yacht Osborne. The oval medal measures approximately 25 x 22mm, has a small fixed ring at the top for suspension and shows on the obverse the Prince of Wales’s emblem surrounded by the royal motto within the chain of the Most Exalted Order of the Star of India with the initials A and E at the die. The reverse has the lettering “H.RH. ALBERT EDWARD PRINCE OF WALES INDIA 1875-6”.. The Medal Yearbook for 2016 suggests this medalet was given given to members of the crews of vessels carrying the royal party. It is not clear form this reference whether that meant the whole crews of selected members. Judging by its scarcity I would incline to think the latter. The book does not illustrate the medalet and the reference identifies the ships wrongly

Colonel Hugh Stevenson Moberly, C.B. Group of Seven Miniature Medals 00001031

A good Indian Army group comprising Companion if the Order of the Bath [C.B.], 3rd China War Medal 1900, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal with mention in despatches oak leaf, India General Service with clasp Waziristan 1919-21, Delhi Durbar 1911. The medals are all in very fine condition [no chips to the enamel of the CB] and mounted on bar with original ribbons as worn. The group is accompanied by some copy paperwork. Hugh Stevenson Moberley [1873-1947] was the son of Col C M Moberely, IA and his elder brother was Brigadier Frederick Moberley CB, CSI, DSO. After Malvern College and Sandhurst he was commissioned into the Indian Army and served with the 69th Punjabis. He was attached to the Hong Kong Regiment in 1900. He served with various regiments but during first World War I he served with the 66th Punjabis in Mesopotamia and was acting Commandant at the end of the war. He became a colonel on the staff in 1920 and was givn his CB in 1926. He died in South Africa in 1947.

Pakistan Independence Medal 1947 to a Sowar of the Governor General's Bodyguard 00001073

The cupro nickel given to British troops after Independence in 1950 together with original ribbon, VF condition. The medal is name in impressed capitals 8893016 SWR DOST MOHD. G G B G..

Cavalry officer's mess dress waistcoat, early 20th century 11190

A striking cavalry officer's mess dress waistcoat in light blue or french grey cloth with elaborate gold lace decoration, possibly of a Madras Bengal Cavalry regiment. A similar waistcoat of the same colour [often known as French grey] but with a different pattern of lace was worn by the 21st Empress of India's Lancers. The waistcoat is in much better than average condition with little wear to the lace, the lining is sound and original. There is no maker's label and the only markings are the words "Record" and "Solide" on the back of the buckle.

Cavalry Officer's mess dress waistcoat, possibly Aligarh Lancers, 1920s 11191

A cavalry officer's mess dress waistcoat in cream cloth with gold lace decoration, made by Rogers & Co of New Burlington St, London W1. There is a little staining and marking but the waistcoat is in very sound condition with intact lining. Although we are open to helpful suggestions as to the regiment the waistcoat came to us with other items connected with the Aligarh Lancers. The label is dated 1928 and the wearer's name appears to be J W Nichalls.

India General Service 1854 with clasps for Chin Lushai 1889-90 & Waziristan 1894-5. 11192

The medal is correctly named in running script to 3978 Sapper Dewa Singh, Bl Sappers & Miners. The condition is about VF with a little wear on the hair and a few marks on the obverse. The first of the four general service medals issued for India, the 1854 medal was introduced during the Company period and retained the beautiful Wyon young head bust of Queen Victoria for fifty years. The Waziristan 1894-5 bar was the last campaign marked by this medal.

2nd Great Indian Peninsula Railway Regt. A shallow white metal regimentally engraved dish. 11194

The shallow dish, measuring 3.5 [84mm] in diameter, is engraved with the regimental device of a 2 within a strung bugle with the letters GIPRly Regt on a scroll beneath. The dish appears to be of Indian manufacture and has punches beneath IWCo and SI LV ER. The imperial crown above the bugle suggests a probable date of the first decade of the 20th century.

Hon East India Company. A trunk manufacturer's label 11198

A somwhat damaged but 'atmospheric' label from an old East India Company trunk, still glued to part of the original wooden lid, measuring 7 x 10ins overall, the label 6.25 x 7.75ins. The label dates to the eary 19th century and displays an ornate version of the arms of the Company together with a description of the activities of the supplier, John Viney & Co, 48 Cornhill, London. There is a crack to the wood with resulting damage to the label with the loss of the right hand lion's face.

Major Bridge's East India style trunk. 11208

An East India style camphor wood trunk. This trunk has the engraved brass ownership plate to the lid "Major Bridge, 5th Regiment. The trunk, measuring 24 x 12.5 x 10ins, is of the small size which would have contained the officer's more prized personal possessions. The trunk is covered in green painted leather and bound in brass along the edges with double rows of brass headed nails along front, sides and lid [one brass mount from the rear right corner is lacking., traces of lining paper to the inside base, some age cracks to the wood. These trunks were often made in Bombay and places east. There are the usual heavy brass carrying handles to the ends, one of which is an old replacement. The lid also has a later officer's stencilled name "Capt R Morrison, L & Y Regt" [Lancashire and Yorshire]. Major Bridge, who spent his whole career from 1825 in the 58th (Rutlandshire) Regt, reached that rank in 1842 and Lt Col in 1854. He saw distinguished service in the New Zealand Maori Wars from 1845 [see Hart's Army List for details]. Further photographs available on request [the website limits images to three per entry].

A.D.C. to the King Emperor. 11223

Full gilt large size [23mm diameter] button as worn by Aides-de-Camp to the King Emperor, in this case King Edward VII. The buttons were manufactured by Firmin & Sons of London and are in mint condition. We have approximately 10 examples of this size and they are priced individually at £10 each. The Vandyk photograph of the Maharaja of Gwalior in our Indian Princes showroom shows Maharaja Scindia wearing these buttons on his dress uniform. He was one of the five Indian Honorary Aides-de-Camp to ride behind the King at the coronation.

BURMA RAILWAY. A small size white metal uniform button 20 mm diameter 00001107

The button, in excellent condition is back marked by the British maker Buttons Ltd of Birmingham. We have never comez across a larger button of this railway.

41st Madras Infantry. Victorian officer's tunic button of large size. 00000919

The fine officer's Victorian button retains full gilt and measures 22mm in diameter, slightly smaller than the later officers' buttons of the Indian Army. It is or retailed in India with the back mark of Peter Orr, Madras, although it is of London quality. The fairly standard design sees the regimental number within a garter and wreath raised on the field within a scalloped burnished border.

Madras Staff Corps, officer's gilt button, Victorian era. 00000923

A fine example of a gilt button of the Madras Staff Corps with Victorian crown, large size 25mm diameter. The button is in first class condition and the back mark shows it to have been made in London by Firmin & Sons. dating to before 1875 when the company became limited. It was worn on the frock coat usually worn by senior officers on the Staff.

7th Rajputs. Officer's mess dress button 00001088

The button [approx 15mm diameter] is back marked FIRMIN LONDON and the flat gilt base has the regimental badge with king's crown mounted in silver. We have six of these buttons but have priced them individually. This button was worn on the white mess dress jacket and also used by officers on a buff waistcoat when hunting.

Kaisar-i-Hind MiniatureMedal in silver, George V 00000952

This medal was instituted at the end of Queen Victoria’s reign in 1900 to reward and mark public service in India and was given to all classes and nationalities, male and female. This example of this attractive honour [which ranks immediately after the Orders of British India and of Burma] is in excellent EF condition retaining its original blue ribbon and ornate top suspension bar, which is quite often missing. This is the second issue of this reign which saw the hollow medal replaced with this solid version: it was also issued in both gold and bronze. The medal has a contemporary brooch bar attahced to the ribbon for fixing to uniform or jacket. The medal measures approximately 30mm from the top of the crown to the base.

38th Dogras. Officer's large size tunic button by Jennens 00000956

The large sized officer's gilt brass button has the design on 38 within a garter bearing the title DOGRAS beneath a crown - all raised in high relief and in gilt brass. The gilt on the relief design is fine but a little rubbed on the field. This button was worn of the officer's scarlet tunic, late 19th / early 20th century. The maker's mark on the reverse is of Jennens & Co of London.

21st Empress of India's lancers. Part of a small collection of uniform items 00001135

Shown here are a few of the items which belonged to a field officer of the 21st Empress of India's Lancers in the late Victorian and Edwardian eras.The major's full dress uniform is complete with all its original Victorian buttons and badges. The distinctive plastron front and facings are of the pale Star of India blue and the cuffs have the double chevron of a field officer. The original owner almost certainly will have ridden with the regiment in the famous last charge of the British cavalry at Omdurman against the dervishes of the Mahdi - a charge in which Winston Churchill also rode with the 21st. Also in the image are a pair of detachable Edwardian epaulettes on the distinctive faving colour and a large brass two piece Edwardian badge from one the drum horse's kettle drums. These items, along with a few other uniforms from the same source are currently being assessed.

Order of St Michael and St George, miniature CMG 00000963

A fine gold example a miniature of the badge of a Companion of the Order [the fifth most senior in the present era after those of the Garter, Thistle, St Patrick, and the Bath.This little order is in excellent condition in 18 carat gold and enamel. It is marked 18CT in between three of the arms of the cross. The order was introduced by the Prince Regent in 1818 primarily to reward people in Malta and Ionian Islands which had been handed to the British at the close of the Napoleonic Wars. It developed into the favoured order to be given to colonial administrators, provincial governors and high ambassadorial and diplomatic figures. As such it is an honour which quite often used to appear in groups of medals awarded to high civil servants in India, although in time largely giving way to the specific Indian Orders. In the current era it is also sometimes given to military officers. In the 20th century the miniature is usual made in silver gilt or gilt metal so these earlier gold examples with excellent enamel work are considerably prized.

Carved ebony elephant table in Anglo – Indian taste 00001000

A good example of late 19th century /early 20th century Anglo-Indian taste in the form of an attractive ebony table raised on legs in the form of elephant heads and trunks linked by an X form stretcher in the form of trunks encircled by cobras whose heads rise in the centre to support a shallow dish. The rectangular table measures approx 30 x 15 ins and stands approx 31 inches in height. The top has a broad carved border of stylised foliage around a plain central rectangle. This is the sort of table which looks particularly good in a conservatory where a colonial look is sought. Overseas delivery would have to organised by the purchaser although we can arrange transport within the UK.

Army of India Medal 1851. Four clasp specimen medal. 00001013

A mint example of a specimen example of the silver medal with four clasps: Laswarree, Asseerghur, Battle of Delhi, and Allighur. These are four of the first five scarce clasps for the 2nd Mahratta War of 1803-4 which meant that recipients of the normal medal would have had to have survived for about fifty years after their service. Only 23 examples of four clasp medals are recorded as being issued on the medal rolls. The number of these specimens [which were struck to be presented to a few museums and institutions and some high ranking individuals] does not appear to have been recorded but they are certainly scarce and this is one of the finest which could be acquired.

A General Officer’s sword of 1831 pattern by A Lowe of Madras 00001037

The blade is 32 inches by 1 inch and has a much less pronounced curve than is usual for this sword: it bears the maker or supplier’s mark of A Lowe, Mount Road, Madras. The blade is single edged with a single long fuller: it is etched on both sides with floral decoration incorporating the crowned VR cypher of Queen Victoria. The guard and hilt mounts are of the standard gilt brass design but the rivets are plain rather than being the prescribed floral design. The deviations from the standard are not untypical of items of equipment made in India rather than in England. The blade has a rather more workmanlike style than the spear pointed one that was typical of English produced swords of this pattern and described in Robson’s “Swords of the British Army” as being ‘of no value as a weapon’. The sword does not have a scabbard but remains in generally good condition with just a few small areas of minor surface rusting. The ivory plates of the grip appear not to have been removed at all. Alexander Lowe moved to India from London in 1824 joining the firm of George Gordon in Madras; in 1842 he left to trade under his own name in Mount Road, Madras until the company was dissolved in 1870. The general look of this sword would certainly place it within that period and probably at the earlier end of the timescale.

Early 19th century officer’s sword of mameluke design by Widdowson & Veale of the Strand 00001038

The sword has a hilt of the type seen on the 1831 pattern general officer’s sword ornate gilt brass rivets and sword knot hole to the ivory grip plates. However it has no device on the écusson. The blade, which has the maker’s marks of Widdowson & Veale of 73 Strand, London, is approximately 31 inches in length and has a pronounced curve to it in the manner of the earlier cavalry swords of this style: it is 1¼ inches wide. The single edged blade has a single fuller and most of its length is etched with ornate floral designs and on each side a trophy of arms but noticeably lacks a royal cypher. It retains its leather scabbard which has ornately tooled gilt brass mounts, the long chape terminating with pierced triple rings: the uppermost of the two suspension rings is lacking. There are some marks or nicks to the back o the blade probably caused by a little age rusting although the blade is generally in good order. This sword is of much sturdier construction than the general officer’s pattern sword which served a more ceremonial purpose. Its design and style are consistent with is having been made for an officer serving in India. Widdowson and Veale were goldsmiths and silversmiths but they are recorded also as retailing swords in the 1830s

Mameluke pattern sword of an ADC to King George VI 00001039

A particularly handsome and scarce example of this sword. In most respects the sword is identical to standard general officer’s sword of 1831 pattern but it is retailed by Ranken & Co of Calcutta and the ècusson bears the royal cypher GRI instead of the crossed baton and sword device of a general. It also has the brass scabbard which was officially replaced by a plated steel version in 1898 but appears to have continued in use in India. Further details available on request.

Mogul Order of the Fish. 00001064

The order, given for military valour, consists of two parts. The neck badge comprises a six pointed star linked below by a floral crescent, suspended by a ring from a fish fastened to a loop through which a ribbon would have passed. The breast badge comprises a ten pointed star of slightly domed form with a pin fixing to the reverse. Both pieces are decorated with studs in the manner of cut steel jewellery but the material from which both are made of a white metal with the appearance and feel of silver. There is little information available on this unusual order which is recorded as being instituted by the Mogul Emperor Shah Allam in 1804. Its Mogul name is given in Berry & Glover’s “Encyclopaedia Heraldica” of 1828 as being Mahi Moratid [ot Moratiel as some other reseources of the period call it]. Mahi is the Persian word for fish and Moratid means dignity. The order is first recorded as being presented to the British General Lord Lake in Delhi in 1804 by the blind Mogul Emperor Shah Allam who had been a puppet of the Mahrattas until Lake defeated them.

Military officer’s jacket – possibly Governor of Bombay’s Bodyguard 00001065

A scarlet jacket with dark blue facings and gold lace of cavalry pattern. This jacket came to us with another uniform which was definitely of the Bombay Bodyguard. The unusual feature of this item is the roll collar rather than the more usual stand up collar. We speculate that this may be an officer’s smoking jacket which follows some features of normal uniform but may be only semi-official. It carries the London maker’s label of W Cater & Co of 56 Pall Mall [an address which they left in 1912]. There is old repair and damage to the quilted silk lining, two moth holes to the central rear skirt, and some parts of the lace need re-fixing. It is difficult to pin down this uniform precisely but it is certainly worthy of further research.

Specimens of buttons supplied 1871 to the Bombay Governor’s Body Guard. 00001074

An example of a large and small sized button on a piece of card cut from a pattern book of Garden & Son, 200 Piccadilly, London. A linen label fastened to the larger [approx 20mm diameter] indicates that 2½ gross [602] were supplied in July 1871 to Captain R G Mayne. Robert Mayne was the Commandant of the Bengal Body Guard. Documented example of buttons like this are very few and far between. The smaller button has the back mark of Jennens. Gardens were suppliers rather than makers.

Herbert Mills Birdwood, C.S.I., I.C.S. An identified malacca walking stick 00001078

A Malacca cane of unusually substantial gauge discretely named in blackened engraved letters H.M. BIRDWOOD on the bone handle just above the decorative band. The overall length of the cane is 33½ins [85.5cm] and the diameter is approximately 3.5cm at the top with only s slight taper making it an especially substantial stick. The decorative band is unmarked and probably of Indian make: it has a central cartouche centred with a crest of a bird although the bird’s head has become pierced. Apart from the damage to the front of the band the stick is in excellent condition. Herbert Mills Birdwood [1837-1907] was Judge in India, born at Belgaum to Gen Christopher Birdwood & Lydia, daughter of Rev Joseph Taylor. After education in Exeter he graduated in Mathematics from Edinburgh University and Peterhouse, Cambridge he went to Bombay in the 1858 intake of the ICS. While at Karachi he was judicial commissioner and carried out many reforms. Whilst there he served as a volunteer in the local corps. He was made CSI on 3rd June 1893 when serving in as an ordinary member of the Governor of Bombay’s Council. In 1895 he was briefly Acting Governor during the interregnum between Lord Harris and Lord Sandhurst. His five sons [with his wife Marion, daughter of Surgeon Major Elijah Impey] all served in the military in India, the most distinguished being Field Marshal [later Lord] Wiiliam Riddell Birdwood who was Military Secretary to Lord Kitchener and later Commander in Chief in India. The provenance is by direct descent in the family until a recent property contents dispersal. For comparative purposes one view shows the cane with two othe rmalacca canes, neither with particular Indian connection although they are both for sale. The gilt headed one is embossed with the badge of the Scots Guards

Charles James Fox (1749-1806), politican. A commemorative brass box. 00001079

The 19th century box, which is in excellent condition, measures 3ins [8cm] in diameter and is 1in [2.5cm] deep. The twist off lid has a pressed design with a portrait bust of the prominent politician and opponent of Warren Hastings and organiser of his trial following his impeachment. The sides of the box are decorated with a Greek key pattern. Fox introduced bills in Parliament to reform the East India Company. The box, probably made in Birmingham, is similar to a few others which we have handled over the years: the more common ones are of Lord Nelson and the Duke of Wellington and we had others with portraits of William Pitt the Younger and George III. The box came to us from a dispersal sale of property which had belonged to the Birdwood family.

VIIth Rajputs. Officer's mess dress button -a variant design 00001089

The flat gilt button from an officer's mess dress waistcoat measures 15mm in diameter and has the badge engraved directly on the gilt metal surface. It is back marked FIRMIN, LONDON. This design was used on the blue mess dress waistcoat.

A fine brooch of the Indian Army Medical Corps 00001093

The unmarked brooch represents the officer's badge of the Indian Medical Corps and probably dates from the reign of George V. It is finely enamelled in four colours and measures 33 x 24mm overall. The reverse has a brooch fixing with safety catch to keep it in place. The brooch remains in its original salmon pink and gilt leather case with the retailers mark of the Goldsmiths and Silversmiths Co of 112 Regent Street, London. The brooch itself weighs 7gm.

109th Indian Infantry [The Mooltan Regiment] Officer's gilt tunic button 00001116

The button is of the standard large size [approx 25mm in diameter] and is in excellent condition. Beaneath a king's crown it has the numerals with the word Infanrty around within a wreath: it is back marked "Extra Quality". Beofre 1903 the regiment was known as the 19th Bombay Infantry and after 1922 it wa to become the 9th Jat Regiment.

7th Madras Infantry. A Victorian officer's tunic button 00001117

The button measures 22cm in diameter and has the victorian crown above a wreath within which are the Roman numerals VII surrounded by the battle honours SEEDASEER & SERINGAPTAM. and is back marked ~Firmin & Sons, 156 Strand, London",