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A display highlighting the interaction between the monarchy and the wider world

Indian; Punjab

Sword and scabbard 1800-75

RCIN 11258

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Before the Prince of Wales’s tour, Queen Victoria issued a warrant authorising him to bestow the Order of the Star of India on local rulers. This Order had been established in 1861 to strengthen bonds between the British Monarchy and Indian rulers in the wake of the 1857 Indian Rebellion. Raghubir Singh, Raja of Jhind, was one of the three recipients who were admitted to the Order in Calcutta on New Year’s Day 1876. He presented the prince with this sword, which combines a European steel blade with an Indian gold hilt decorated with diamonds, rubies and emeralds.