A silver three-peice tea service in the form of three francolins
by Oomersee Mawjee, Bhuj, circa 1870
Modeled 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 (now missing) and raised wings as milk jug, the other as sugar bowl with hinged back, the base of the snakes with mark in cameo punches: 'O.M.' 'BHUJ'.
Teapot: 9 1/8 in. (23 cm.) high; Sugar and Creamer: 5 1/2 in. (14 cm.) high