Orders, Decorations, Medals and Militaria, to include the Brian Ritchie Collection (Part III) (23 September 2005)

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Date of Auction: 23rd September 2005

Sold for £1,600

Estimate: £500 - £600

The 1st Class badge of the Order of British India awarded to Subadar Major Shaik Muddar, 25th Bombay Infantry

Order of British India 1837, 1st Class, gold and enamels, the reverse attractively engraved in running script ‘Subhedar Major Shaik Muddar, 25th Bombay Native Infantry 1st Jan. 1877’, complete with full neck cravat and gold ribbon fitments, extremely fine £500-600


O.B.I. 2nd Class, with the title of “Bahadoor” GGO 1318 of 1875: ‘Subadar Major Shaik Muddar, of the 25th Bombay Regiment Native (Light) Infantry, from the 30th November 1875, vice Subadar Major Ram Singh, promoted to the 1st Class.’

O.B.I. 1st Class, with the title of “Sirdar Bahadur” GGO 1 of 1 January 1877: ‘Subadar-Major Shaik Muddar, “Bahadur,” 25th Regiment Native Light Infantry.’ To commemorate the assumption of the style and title of Empress of India by Queen Victoria on this date, the total establishment of the Order of British India was increased to 175 members of each class, the Bombay Army being allowed 34 members of each class.

The medals awarded to Subadar Major Shaik Muddar formed part of the Richard Magor collection sold by Dix Noonan Webb in July 2003. They comprised: Scinde Medal for Meeanee Hyderabad 1843 (Naique, 25th Regt.); India General Service 1854-95, 1 clasp, Persia (Jemedar, 25th Regt. N.I.); and Indian Mutiny 1857-59, 1 clasp, Central India (Jemdr., 25th Reg. N.L.I.).

Refs Government General Orders 1875 and 1877.