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Remnants of a lost empire to be auctionedDate: Thursday, 03 December, 2009



Auctioneers will on December 9 auction heritage items belonging to Maharajah Duleep Singh

The first item under the hammer will be a velvet jacket that belonged to Maharajah Deleep Singh along with matching shoes described as ‘foliate decorated gold braid raised work on a crimson velvet ground'

These items remained the property of Maharajah Duleep Singh until 1893. In 1894 his executors sold Elvedon Hall and its contents to Edward Cecil Guinness, 1st Earl of Iveagh.

Originally Purchased by John Bly Antiques in 1952 from Elveden Hall, Suffolk, England (the former residence of Maharajah Duleep Singh). The Bly family have been dealers in Hertfordshire, since the beginning of the 19th century.

The auctioneers Lyon & Turnbull, established in Edinburgh in 1826, have researched Maharajah Duleep Singh with the assistance of historian Peter Bance. Full details of the 4 items of Sikh heritage and the auction can be found here.

Born on the 4th September 1838 Duleep Singh, was the youngest son of the legendary Ranjit Singh the ‘Lion-of-the-Punjab'.

In 1843, the infant Duleep Singh found himself at the head of the one of the most powerful independent Kingdoms in the Indian sub-continent and an impediment to the advancement of the British Empire in India.

Origical article by UKPHA

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