As based on accompanying card: Dame Beryl Oliver, 20 South Eaton Place, S.W.
"Christian with love and best wishes from O. [...] Pair of Indian enamel bracelets presented to Patrick Carnegy C.I.E. by the Maharajah Man Singh in 1878. [...]"
Patrick had a keen understanding of peoples and cultures as well as a rare gift for languages, and he mastered several Indian dialects in the two years following his arrival. These traits were recognised and appreciated, and throughout his career he was appointed to positions of increasing importance and responsibility in the Indian civil administration. Whilst working as Deputy Magistrate in Allahabad, the young civil servant met Isabella Butter, the daughter of a local garrison surgeon. Patrick fell deeply in love with the reputedly beautiful and musically-gifted young lady, and they married in 1854. Their youngest daughter Isabella Eliza Butter Carnegy, born in 1864, was the grandmother of Christian Carnegy, later Lady Smith.
Through his position, Patrick frequently met and interacted with chieftains, officials and maharajas. During official receptions, gifts were often exchanged, and local leaders proudly displayed the work of local craftsmen. These presents were fondly retained by Patrick and passed down for generations, and the collection of Sir John and Lady Smith displays some fine pieces of Indian jewellery that would likely have been gifts to Patrick Carnegy during his lifetime of service in the Indian administration.
This pair of bracelets and the fine thewa parure overleaf (lot 157) were gifted to Patrick Carnegy by the Maharajah Man Singh, or Raja Maan Singh. The Raja was one of the principal taluqdar (landowners) of Faizabad, and he became and remained a close friend of Patrick throughout their life. Raja Maan Singh would later save the lives of Isabella and her children by urging them to leave Oudh ahead of the 1857 Mutiny.
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