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Indian artifacts for sale at a Mountbatten auction | India News


An Indian diamond bracelet once owned by Queen Victoria and a pair of jeweled elephants from 1946 Jaipur are among an assortment of 350 antiques belonging to the late Patricia Edwina Victoria Mountbatten, daughter of Great Britain’s last Indian Viceroy , Louis Mountbatten, to be sold at Sotheby’s. London on March 24.
The collection of Newhouse Manor, the 16th-century English home of Patricia and her husband John Knatchbull, includes several curiosities that offer a glimpse into the family’s connections to 20th-century India.
Patricia, born in 1924, was known for her “unwavering perseverance and captivating sense of humor.”
At 19, she entered the Royal Navy Women’s Service, where she met and fell in love with John Knatchbull, the seventh Lord Brabourne, an encounter that sparked a marriage of nearly sixty years. John had worked for Louis in India as a captain in the armed forces before becoming an Oscar-nominated film producer.
Other attractions include a set of Indian diamonds and an enameled gold bracelet that includes a portrait of Queen Victoria’s husband, Albert, as a child.
Another highlight is a pair of elephants with gold and enamel jewelery from Jaipur, a gift from Lord Mountbatten to his wife Edwina in commemoration of their 24th wedding anniversary in 1946.
Elephants are engraved on the base with the words “Edwina from Dickie” in Louis’ handwriting. Other memorabilia include an Anglo-Indian inlaid dresser, a set of Indian-inspired Art Deco dress clips, earrings and a ring.
The Imperial Order of the Crown of India, a rare Anglo-Indian order that could only be awarded by the monarch to a woman. The latter, a decoration set with diamonds, pearls and turquoise, would have been worn on state occasions by Patricia’s mother-in-law, Doreen. The only person who still uses this Order today is Queen Elizabeth II.

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