Prince of Wales’s Tour of India 1921-22. A menu holder from the Gwalior Residency.
A rare example of a menu holder specially engraved for a precise day on the Royal Tour. The menu holder consists of a weighted rectangular base surmounted by the Prince of Wales’s crest. It is made of white metal which is unmarked and may be either silver plate or possibly local silver. The base measures approximately 2.5 x 1.5 ins and the overall height is just over 2 ins. The upper surface of the base is engraved with the date 11.2.22 and the front is engraved THE RESIDENCY GWALIOR. The crown and motto ICH DIEN is separately applied in gilt metal. It is probable that the Prince stayed in the British Residency while he was visiting Gwalior. He is certainly recorded as dining there with the Maharaja after he had reviewed the military forces of Gwalior. Gwalior, one of the few 21 gun salute states, was always a special stop on Royal Tours where the Maharaja Scindia offered lavish hospitality and entertainment including the then sought after tiger hunting. This is a remarkable souvenir of the tour. It is not known how many of these menu holders would have been on the table but the precise dating suggests that they may have been given to some of those attending. Among the Prince’s suite in India was Lord Louis Mountbatten [later Earl and the last Viceroy]. SOLD January 6th