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Princely India - Maharaja of Bikaner Presentation Picture Frame, 1922
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Princely India - Maharaja of Bikaner Presentation Picture Frame, 1922

Measurements: 35cm (13.75in) x 25cm (9.75in)

£1400

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Silver. Large glazed easel backed frame with reed bound border and bearing the coat of arms of the Ganga Singh, Maharajah of Bikaner. Arms: Barry of six Gules and Or, three falcons close Argent, Crest: On a helmet affrontée, lambrequined Gules and Or, a green tree. Supporters: Two leopards Sable. Maker’s mark of CRC for Charles and Richard Comyns. Hallmarked London 1922.

General Maharaja Sir Ganga Singh (1880-1943) was widely admired by contemporaries. He succeeded his brother in 1888 and was educated at the Mayo College. In 1898 he was attached to the 42nd Deoli Regiment for military training, before serving in China during the Boxer Rebellion (1900). During the First World War, he commanded the Bikaner Camel Corps which served in France, Egypt and Palestine. He attended Lloyd George's Imperial War Cabinet in 1917 and also represented India at the Imperial War Conference, and at the Versailles Peace Conference in 1919. At home he was modernist and a reformer. He had a personal gun salute of 17-guns granted in 1918 and a permanent local gun salute of 19-guns granted in 1921. He acted as an Honorary Aide-de-Camp to the Prince of Wales (later George V) when he visited London for the Coronation of Edward VII in 1902 From 1920-26 he was Chancellor of the Indian Chamber of Commerce and represented India as a delegate at the fifth session of the League of Nations in 1924.

 

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