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Indian Kutch Ceremonial Silver Trowel

Kutch, India
dated 1877

length: 29.5cm, weight: 287g

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Provenance

private collection, UK.

This very fine colonial Indian 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 collector’s piece or an elegant cake server.

References

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

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