Ivory Box Engraved with Prince of Wales Feathers
The ivory box with a domed lid, silver banding and silver mounts; the corner mounts formed by Prince of Wales Feathers framed by wreaths. The sides with studs in the shape of multi-limbed Indian deities and flowerheads, heart-shaped hinges and an engraved plaque with monogram MHA on the lid. The box opens to reveal a purple velvet lined interior with a lift-out pen tray and two silver mounted glass ink bottles. The box sits on bun feet. In order to cement relations between the Crown and India's prince's and people, Albert Edward, Prince of Wales (later Edward VII) was sent on an extensive tour of the subcontinent in 1875. Throughout his visit the Prince received local princes, who offered him tokens of homage and friendship. This box may have been a presentation piece.