A Rare 19Th Century Anglo Indian Vizagapatam Ivory Box.
A very unusual ivory Anglo Indian Vizagapatam box with 14Th Prince Of Wales Scinde Horse Regiment and famous battles of the regiment and two horses riders riding into battle engraved on the top of the box with V.R. and a crown.
The 14th Prince of Wales’s Own Scinde Horse was a regular cavalry regiment of the Bombay army , and later British Indian army, it can trace its formation back to The Scinde Irregular Horse raised at Hyderabad on 8 August 1838. It was named after the province of Sind now in Pakistan, where it was raised to protect the trade route from the Bolan Pass to Sukkur on the Indus River and fight against the marauding Baluchi warriors. It later expanded to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Scinde Horse. These three regiments were absorbed into the regular forces after the Mutiny of 1857 and became the 35Th Scinde Horse and the 36th Jacob’s Horse. They saw active service in Northern and Central India, Persia Afghanistan on the North west frontier and, during World War I where they served in France and Palestine. The two regiments were amalgamated in 1922, as the present 14th Prince of Wales’s Own Scinde Horse which served in World War II . Scinde Horse is the only regiment known to honour its enemy till date (the Baluchi warrior on its badge) and has not changed its badge since its raising, unlike others who have done so-numerous times. At one point, the regiment carried 9 Standards while on parade (regiments normally hold 1), a unique privilege given to it for its valor. The regiment was the first Cavalry unit in the British Indian Army to get mechanized in the Indian sub-continent at Rawalpindi, in 1938. It was also the first Cavalry regiment to get the President of India’s Standard post independence.
Condition : the box is missing its hinges and some old repairs to the Ivory, this is reflected in the price.