A brass-mounted oak and leather cartridge-magazine Formerly the property of His Highness The Maharajah of Patiala
Lot 18Ω
A brass-mounted oak and leather cartridge-magazine Formerly the property of His Highness The Maharajah of Patiala
£350 - 550
US$ 570 - 900
amended

Lot Details
A brass-mounted oak and leather cartridge-magazine Formerly the property of His Highness The Maharajah of Patiala
For approximately 450 cases
(Dividers missing)
The lid impressed H.H. The Maharajah Sir Bhupindra Singh Of Patiala G.C.I.E. G.C.B.

Footnotes

  • His Highness The Maharajah Sir Bhupindra Singh of Patiala GCSI GCIE GCVO GBE (1891-1938)

    Educated at Aitchison College, Lahore, he succeeded to the throne at the age of 9 upon the death of his father, a Council of Regency governing in his place until he reached his majority in 1909, being invested with his full powers by the Viceroy of India a year later. He was also present at the Dehli Durbar of both 1903 and 1911 and during the First World War served on the British General Staff in both France and Belgium as well as Italy and Palestine, with the rank of Honorary Lieutenant-Colonel. He was promoted to Honorary Major-General in 1918, and to Honorary Lieutenant-General in 1931.

    The Maharajah was very involved politically, representing India at the League of Nations, serving as Chancellor of the Indian Chamber of Princes between 1926 and 1938, and participating in the Indian Round Table Conferences between 1930 and 1932. After the war he visited Europe many times, and in 1935 was granted an audience with Adolf Hitler. Such was his charm and personality that Hitler presented him with several German pistols and a Maybach sedan, one of only three Eastern rulers to receive such a gift. Despite the worries of the British, he kept the car, alongside his legendary fleet of twenty-seven Rolls-Royce limousines.

    He was also a very modern ruler, being the first man in India to own an aeroplane, building many buildings and the unique Patiala State Monorail Trainways. He may be best remembered as a sportsman, with his cricket and polo teams (the 'Patiala XI' and the 'Patiala Tigers' respectively) being amongst the best in India. He himself had played for India during its tour of England in 1911, playing twenty-seven first-class matched between 1915 and 1937, including a season with the Marylebone Cricket Club. He was also selected to captain the India team on its first Test tour in 1932, but was forced to decline on the grounds of ill health. He died aged only 46, and was succeeded by his son, who was to become the last Maharajah after agreeing to Patiala's incorporation into India in 1947. His family remain involved in politics, with his grandson serving as Chief Minister of the Punjab between 2002 and 2007.

    The cartridge-magazine appears to date to the period 1918 to 1921. He was presented the Knight Grand Cross of the British Empire (GBE) in 1918, and in the New Years Honours list of 1921 was awarded the Knight Grand Commander of the Order of the Star of India (GCSI) for war services

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  • Please note that it is believed that the section bearing the name is probably a recent addition
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