Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Gold Presentation Medal of Prince of Wales Visit to India





Medal, Prince of Wales Visit To India (1875-76 AD), Gold Presentation Medal, Awarded to Lt. General DHOJE NAR SINGH B.R. Large medal surmounted by a suspension, Obv: bear head effigy of the Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII) with legends IN COMMEMORATION OF THE VISIT TO INDIA, OF H.R.H. THE PRINCE OF WALES 1875-76, Rev: depiction of scene of promise and the legends around “DURING THE VICEROYALTY OF H.E. LORD NORTHBROOK. G.C.SI.”, at bottom “STRUCK BY HAMILTON & Co. JEWELLERS CALCUTTA”, Lt. General DHOJE NAR SINGH B.R. inscribed on the edge, 56.69g, 43.85mm, small nick on the edge (probably testing), about extremely fine, Unique.


Between 1872 and 1876, India’s Viceroy was Lord Northbrook. The important events during his reign were deposition of Gaikwad of Baroda in 1875, visit of Prince of Wales, Famine in Bihar and Kuka Movement in Punjab. The Prince of Wales, eldest son of Queen Victoria visited India in 1876 with a large suite. He arrived in Bombay and then travelled to Madras, Ceylon and finally Calcutta. The intent of this visit was to inspire the local princes’ loyalty to the British Empress and affirm their central role in the maintenance of the empire. Wherever he went, he was showered with valuable gifts by the “loyal” Indian feudatories. He collected so much in 6 months that one of the ships was filled with the jewels, paintings, antique weapons, live animals, embroideries brocades and all kinds of contemporary art works. He returned and the gifts went on an exhibition in England for 6 months. In return the Prince of Wales gave Indian Princes a copy of Rig-veda translated by Max Muller. Probably offered for the first time in any auction, no previous records are traceable.