Srinagar: A 19th century trumpet used by state bandmaster of Jammu and Kashmir CF Burrow and a rare picture of Dogra ruler Maharaja Ranbir Singh are going under hammer in the United Kingdom on Tuesday.
Anglo-European style military trumpet with a provenance note from Burrow, the band master of erstwhile Jammu and Kashmir state, along with a carte de visite (CDV) photograph of Ranbir Singh will be auctioned at Europe’s premier auction house Mullock’s Auctions, auctioneers have announced.
The Mullock’s specialize in sporting collectables, fishing memorabilia, historical documents and ephemera.
The trumpet that Burrow in his note to one Mr Judd wrote was used in the late Maharaja Ranjit Singh’s army (Punjab) before he was conquered by the British. Burrow later became state bandmaster of J&K under the Dogra rule.
The picture with guide price of £120- £ 140 shows Ranbir Singh sitting on a couch wearing royal robe and jewelry. It was his father Gulab Singh who ‘purchased’ the state from the British (for 75 lakh rupees) for allying with them during the First Sikh War. The website of the auction house describes Ranbir as a contemporary of Naunihal Singh who witnessed the Lahore successors being killed and the subsequent Sikh Wars.
With guide price of £400- £600 for the rare trumpet the collection house mentions that the Sikh Army under Ranjit Singh (1780-1839) was modernized and equipped to the European model. Many of the generals under Ranjit Singh were European and Americans including former soldiers of Napoleon. Many of his regiments wore European uniforms, carried European arms and were drilled in the European style.
A sword belonging to Maharaja Ranjit Singh is also expected to be auctioned.