Auction Date: 28/05/2015 at 10am
15th Royal Ludhiana Sikh silver and enamel military regimental Brooch approx. 22mm across x 25mm in height, no maker’s marks, having some wear to the enamel, missing two stones to the front, the pin intact and in good condition. Note: The Regiment of Ludhiana was relied upon to hold Benares throughout the period of the Mutiny. The 15th Sikhs remained loyal during the Mutiny, although there was some trouble in the Ludhiana regiment. They were stationed at Benares, as were the 37th Bengal Infantry, who rebelled. In the confusion some British guns opened fire on the 15th in error. When this news reached a small Sikh detachment at Jaunpur, they mutinied and shot the adjutant. The rest of the regiment fought loyally with the British throughout the campaign, the Havaldir-Major winning the VC. In 1861 they became the 16th Bengal Native Infantry, being changed shortly afterwards to the 15th.