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Hamilton's & Co. An Exceptionally Large Indian Silver Centrepiece

Calcutta, circa 1925
Maker’s mark of Hamilton’s & Co.

Length across handles: 68 cm, 26 ¾ in.
Weight: 9079 g, 291 oz 17 dwt.


Of shaped oval form on a pedestal foot edged with nets and ribbons. The body stamped with large gadroons and engraved to the front “CALCUTTA RACES 1926-1927 THE BURDWAN BOWL". Two angular handles either side finished cast fuchsias on a black wooden base.

Hamilton’s & Co Hamilton & Co. Ltd was established over 200 years ago during the peak of the British Raj, founded by Robert Hamilton (1772-1843) after arriving in India and opening up his own Jewellery and Silversmithing ship in 1808 at 5 Tank Square. Over the course of its operation, Hamilton’s had many partners and opened branches in other parts of India, including Bombay and Delhi. Hamilton & Co. catered to the members of the British Raj as well as Indian aristocracy; quickly gaining popularity for its authenticity and unique craftsmanship. Rajas and Maharajas flocked to Hamilton to buy exquisite silver items ranging from dinner-sets to intricately carved vases and boxes and delicately sculpted tea-sets.

An Exceptionally Large Indian Silver Centrepiece Reference: 23908.1