A silver Tea Service by Oomersi Mawji in the form of three birds
Bhuj, circa 1870
modelled as Black Francolins (also known as Black Partridge) standing on snakes, textured all over with a scalloped pattern and with large feathers detailed on the wings; the large francolin as teapot with its head hinging open along the beak to serve as spout and the serpent's tail entwined around its neck serving as handle with ivory insulators; small francolin with hinged head and raised wings as milk jug, the other as sugar bowl with hinged back, the base of the snakes with marker's mark in cameo punches: 'O.M.' 'BHUJ'
variously 23 cm. high and 14 cm. high; 1276 g.(3)