The Sword of Charles John Canning, 1st Earl Canning, K.G., G.C.B., P.C. (1812-1862), First Viceroy of India, incorporating the Persian watered steel shamshir blade formerly in the possession of one of last of the ruling princes of Sind, fitted to an ivory mounted gilt-brass hilt of a British General Officer’s 1831 Pattern Mameluke Sabre, the blade inset with a gold-damascened lobed cartouche inscribed in Persian Arabic ‘bandeh-ye al-e mohammad shahdad’ (‘The servant of the family of Muhammad, Shahdad’); the blade further set with a talismanic square containing the letters B D W H for budduh, the guardian angel; the hilt cast and chased on each side with scrollwork, a laurel wreath, and British General Officer’s crossed sword and baton device, complete with bullion thread sword-knot, original red velvet-covered scabbard with gilt-brass mounts engraved with flowering foliage, and additional regulation brass field scabbard.
Jal Mahal (meaning “Water Palace”) is a palace located in the middle of the Man Sagar Lake in Jaipur. Built in Red Sandstone, the palace has 5 floors, 4 of which are below the waters surface. Not much is known about the history of this now abandoned palace, though it is presumed to be 300 years old, and was used for royal picnics and duck hunting.
It has been closed to the public for decades, but restoration works are underway to hopefully allow visitors access to the building in future.
A splendid photo from around 1890, showing men of the 2nd Punjab Infantry, with fencing bayonets, gymnasium sabres and Indian clubs in a great variety of sizes. Also note the singlesticks, fencing helmets and sporans for protecting the groin. These chaps look hard as nails!
An unusual scroll hilt sword for John Finnis, 5th. Punjab Infantry, Punjab Frontier Force, the 82.5cm blade by Henry Wilkinson, Pall Mall, London, number 13548 for 1865, etched with crowned VR cypher amid foliate scrolls and within a cartouche the owner’s family crest and motto ‘Finis coronat opus’ and initials ‘JF’, steel scroll guard similar to that ordered for the Royal Engineers in brass, chequered back-strap and pommel, single piece chequered horn grip bound with brass wire, complete with its steel scabbard, some service wear overall and scabbard with numerous dents £200-250
The Wilkinson proof books record sword number 13548 as infantry for Finnis sold, 1865, it was presumably re-mounted for Finnis during his service in India.
Colonel John Finnis, Ensign 29th. Bengal Native Infantry 1857, his regiment having mutinied, he served through the mutiny with the 5th. Bengal European Regiment, joining the 3rd. Punjab Infantry in 1868, he died at Mussoorie, September 12th. 1884 whist serving as a Lt. Colonel with the 5th. Punjab Infantry.
His war services are shown as Indian Mutiny 1857-58; operations in Oudh, affairs of Shapore, Dudoopore and Khandoo Nuddee (medal); Mahsud Waziri Expedition, 1881.
i’ve posted about this before, which is the confusion part: news outlets were reporting that the houses had started to arrive, then reports of the houses costing the Fort Peck Reservation money. Alleged members of the Fort Peck reserve on another social media site have said they houses never arrived, in addition to tribal council members on news reports that the houses never arrived…..who knows, but the Fort Peck Reservation and Brad Pitt and co.