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Walking stick eighteenth century

RCIN 67210

Grand Vestibule, Windsor Castle

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George IV’s interest in Tipu Sultan was partly inherited from his mother, Queen Charlotte. At Frogmore House in Windsor she hosted a spectacular public fête in May 1795 featuring 'sumptuous tents of various forms and colours’ formerly belonging to Tipu. After her death, George’s four youngest sisters agreed that ‘all the Tent that were Tipoo Saibs and others’ might be presented to him. George himself bought numerous items at the public auction of the queen’s possessions in 1819 – including this walking stick, which was said to have been Tipu’s.