Large one-of-a-kind silver and gilt polo shield of Indian interest


Awarded to a team to commemorate a polo victory in India in 1927 which included the Maharajah of Ratlam, this piece is a unique item of sporting history.


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This large, very fine, and unique item is a superb example of Indian metalwork: a sporting trophy dating to 1927, that commemorates a polo contest in India in which the Maharajah of Ratlam, among others, competed. It is framed with ebonised wood and mounted with an intricate arrangement of gilt-metal and silvered panels.

Decorated with Indian landmarks, including the Jama Masjid, Delhi, the Golden Temple, Amritsar and others, it is intermittently adorned with beautiful engraved details depicting enthroned deities, animals, and portraits. The shield is centred with a monogram denoting, 'EI,' in a sun-burst central gilt piece. Around this small foliate panels in alternating silver and gilt are arranged, within a gilt foliate frienze and rings of beads.

In the centre portraits in gilding are placed within images of animals, including elephants, monkeys playing with snakes, tigers, and peacocks. A list of India cities then ensues, including Mysore, Bikanir, Indore, Patiala, Tehri, and Ratlam, and the widest section depicts mult-armed Hindu deities betwen Indian landmarks and cultural centres.

There are also four plaques mounted, one of which is inscribed with the names of the participants. The winning team is listed, and included Major E. D. Metcalfe, Captain C. T. I. Roark, The Maharajah of Ratlam, and Lt. Col. the Hon. J. D. Y. Bingham. Together they won with 6 goals to , according to the inscription. This unique piece captures a snapshot of sporting history, and will be of great interest to those with a love of sporting memorabilia and an appreciation for Indian metalwork.


Country of Origin
Date of Manufacture
Early 20th Century
Equestrian / Horses, Indian Interest, Mythological, Sporting
Ebonised Wood, Gilt Metal, Silver
Black, Gold, Silver


13 cm / 5.1 inches
68.5 cm / 26.8 inches


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