Auction Date: 26/11/2014 at 01pm
India – Sikh silver and enamel, military regimental brooch for the 15th Royal Ludhiana Sikhs approx. 22mm across by 25mm in height. 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.