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Ceremonial Silver Trowel
Kutch, India
dated 1874

length: 25.3cm, weight: 215g

This very fine colonial Indiian silver ceremonial trowel is chased and engraved finely with Kutch floral motifs. The handle is beautifully decorated with Kutch
floral and leaf scrollwork against a tooled background.

The trowel is engraved with the following:

'Presented by Rao Bahadoor Sett  Becherdass Ambaidass to A.A.Borradaile Esq., on the occasion of his laying the foundation stone of the Mahaluxmee
Female Training College at Ahmedabad on 22 August 1874'.

'Rao Bahadur' (or 'Bahadoor') was a title of honour issued in India during British rule to Hindu and Christian Indians who had performed great service to the
nation.

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.: 2928

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