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Title Porte-feu or slow match holder, unmarked silver
Nationality Indian
Period c 1850
Price £150.00

This little device, 12cm long, would have held a lighted slow match for igniting cannon, powder charges or fireworks. The match was held in place by the silver hook on the short chain under the lid which has a model of a monkey eating a piece of fruit. Perhaps this is a souvenir from the Mutiny of 1857/8.

British grenadiers of the mid-18th century carried something similar but much simpler, in brass, on their grenade pouch belt, for lighting their bombs.

The silver is worked in typical South Asian style, ie repousee from thin silver sheet. It could just possibly be Burmese rather than Indian. There is a little silver shield midway down the tube, the style of which suggests that the piece was made with the European market in mind, ie for an officer to have his initials or crest engraved on it.

If you want to comment on this item—re quality, age, etc—please email me.


[Militaria : Equipment : Indian : 19th Century]

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I have in the last six months inherited my late father Alan Swain's police memorabilia collection along with much paperwork receipts etc. I would like to pass on to you my thanks for such good dealership with my father going back to the late 80s and well into the 1990s.

Laurence Swain, UK, 20.08.2016

Just a brief note to confirm that the sabre has been delivered today. All is as it should be. I have to say I’m impressed with the ‘custom’ packaging, obviously essential in your line of business. I have made a very quick inspection of the sword & it fully lives up to your accurate description, very pleased with the purchase.

M B, UK, 18.06.2015

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