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20th Century Indian Solid Silver 28th Regiment Ewer, P.Orr & Sons, circa 1900



Antique early 20th century Indian Colonial solid silver regimental (28th Regiment) commemorative wine ewer, the top band is beautifully chased and repousse' decorated depicting Hindu gods and goddesses in elaborate cartooches, and the bottom applied with a intertwining snake climbing up the jug, the unusually shaped handle applied with foliage, and lid mounted with a figural finial. Indian silver depicting deities and religious processions are inspired by the bas-reliefs on the famous temples in southern India and is called "Swami", this style is typically from the region of Madras. Hallmarked P.ORR & SONS, MADRAS, the famous firm P. Orr & Sons (the most important silversmith firm in Colonial South India, reputed to be the largest and best appointed establishment of the kind in India). The firm was founded in 1848 by Peter Orr, a watchmaker originally from Edinburgh. It became famous as P Orr & Sons in 1863. Maharaja Gaekwar of Baroda, Maharaja Holkar and Maharaja of Cohin commissioned impressive silver pieces presented to the Prince of Wales during his visit to India (1875-1876). The firm is particularly known for its "swami silver", depicting Hindu deities such as in this set. P Orr & Sons also produced impressive silver pieces in the Victorian style. As is often the case for Indian silver is unmarked, but acid tested shows a 900+ silver standard, it dates to the 1880s. Measures: Height 28cm Width 14 x 11cm Weight: 465g.


  • Creator
    P. Orr & Sons (Maker)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 11.03 in. (28 cm)Width: 5.52 in. (14 cm)Depth: 4.34 in. (11 cm)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1900
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Minor fading. In Great Condition - No Damage.
  • Seller Location
    London, GB
  • Reference Number
    Seller: A64641stDibs: LU1348221612382

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