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Ceremonial Silver Trowel
Kutch, India
dated 1877

length: 29.5cm, weight: 287g

This very fine colonial Indiian silver ceremonial trowel is chased finely with Kutch-style floral motifs. The handle is most striking and unusual. It is decorated with
thick, tightly wound silver wire over its entirety.

The trowel is engraved with the following:

'Presented to A.A. Borradaile, Esq, who kindly laid the foundation stone of the Gujrat S&W Mill, 11 May 1877.'

The trowel is in excellent condition. Used originally for the ceremonial laying of a foundation stone, today it makes an excellent colllector's piece or an elegant
cake server.

References:
Dehejia, V., Delight in Design: Indian Silver for the Raj, Mapin, 2008.

Provenance:  private collection, UK.

Inventory no.: 2927

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