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An Ameer of Bahawalpur Presentation Cigarette Case
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An Ameer of Bahawalpur Presentation Cigarette Case

Circa 1960

Measurements: 11.5 cm (4.5in) x 8.5cm (3.25in)



Bespoke silver presentation cigarette case with push catch clasp, engraved on the hinged lid with the crowned double ‘A’ cypher of the Abbasi dynasty. Contained in its original velvet and silk lined presentation case, the lid embossed with the Ameer’s crown and cypher. Together with the Ameer’s visiting card inscribed ‘Their Highnesses The Ameer and Begum of Bahawalpur’.
Ameer Sir Sadiq Muhammad Khan Abbasi V of Bahawalpur, G.C.S.I., G.C.I.E., K.C.V.O., LLD., (1904-1966) became the Nawab of Bahawalpur when an infant. A Council of Regency, ruled on his behalf until 1924 when he was invested with the throne by the Viceroy of India , Lord Reading. The Nawab saw active service at the age of fifteen with Central India Horse during the Third Afghan War (1919) and held honorary rank in the British Indian Army. He commanded forces in the Middle East during the Second World War. Very fond of luxury cars, he owned a succession of Rolls Royces, many of them purchased in person in London. In 1929 he married an Ottoman princess but finding her ‘dull and humourless’, divorced her two years later and married a succession of English ladies. In August 1947, he received the title of Ameer of Bahawalpur, acceding his State to the Dominion of Pakistan a month later. In 1953, Sir Sadiq represented Pakistan at the coronation of Elizabeth II. He died at Selham House, Petworth, Sussex on 24 May1966 and was buried buried Nawabi Cemetery, Derawar Fort, having had issue, ten sons and ten daughters.