7 October 2009,
London, South Kensington
Price realised GBP 3,250
GBP 500 - GBP 1,000
A PLAIN SCARLET PASHMINA SHAWL
KASHMIR, 19TH CENTURY
Woven in herringbone weave, with twisted end fringes
65¼ in. x 142 in. (166 x 360 cm.)
Sold with a typed sheet giving provenance
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Mary Moorsom (d.1935) was the youngest sister of William Robert Moorsom (1834-1858), who sailed for India in 1853 as a Lieutenant in the 52nd Light Infantry. He was killed during the final attack on Lucknow. Mary Moorsom married Surgeon General Sir Thomas Longmore (d.1895) in 1862 and this shawl remained in her family for many years with the tale that it had been taken from the Nawab of Oudh during the Siege of Lucknow.
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Mary Rosalie Helen Moorsom (1844-1935) and by descent.
Acquired by Ismail Merchant.
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