Michael Mark, Antique Indian Chess Sets, Förderkreis Schach-Gechichtsforschung e.v., August 1997, page 21. Victor Keats, The Illustrated Guide to World Chess Sets, St. Martin's Press 1985, p. 31-33.
Christie's, South Kensington, 24 November 1993, lot 6.
According to Michael Mark Rajasthani sets are among the earliest surviving Indian chess pieces, and this type are among the most commonly found. The figures are depicted wearing a short jama with trousers showing underneath, which was fashionable between 1830-1880. The pawns on the Indian side are modelled with tom-toms or trumpets, the opposing British side with a drum and fife. Historically, the East India Company had recruited Indian mercenaries and from 1767 the British had used drums and fifes.