English Armorial Plate NAWAB OF BAHAWALPUR 1877
YEAR OF MANUFACTURE: circa 1877
WEIGHT: 16.08 troy ounces (17.64 ounces or 500.00 grams)
The Princely state in the Punjab (now in present day Pakistan) was one of the highest ranking in India, measuring approximately 45,000 square kilometres. It was founded in 1690 by Bahadur Khan II and the first treaty was signed with the British in 1833.
Following the fashion for all things European, many Princely familes ordered luxury goods and employed French and English chefs to dine in the European manner. A Copeland Spode service was purchased, which included English landscapes and the arms, bearing the Order of the Star of India, which was bestowed by Queen Victoria in 1880. Another famous piece he commissioned was a full size silver bedstead from Paris, with naked European women at each corner and mechanical movements to shake fans and wink!
This plate, impresed 2/78, presumably February 1878.
The motto reads in Farsi: ‘dost sadiq’, ‘Friend Sadiq’.
A coat of arms was granted in 1877 at the occasion of the Durbar in Delhi. Designed and published by Robert Taylor. It is nearly identical.
Arms: Sable , three palmleaves per pale Or and in chief four double quatrefoils Argent seeded Or.Crest: A five-pointed star and a crescent, Argent. Supporters: Two pelicans rousant, Argent, billed and membered Or.Motto: DOST SADIQ (Friend Sadiq) Lambrequines: Sable and Or.
Several palaces were built for the Nawabs.
Noor Bahal was finished in 1875 and has Indian, Italian and Classical styles.
Many of the interior fittings were imported from Italy and England.
Photo: Noor Mahal, Bahawalpur, Pakistan.
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