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Above: Lance-Naik Ishar Singh (France, WWI). Below, first from bottom: Sikh soldiers singing kirtan outside their billets in France during the First World War . Second from bottom: detail from a sketch of the Darbar Sahib, c 1850s.


Another Auction of Sikh Historical Artifacts



Mullock's, the British Auctioneers, are holding their next sale of historical documents, autographs and ephemera on Thursday, March 8, 2012 at 1:00 pm at The Clive Pavilion, Ludlow Rcecourse, Bromfield, Shropshire SY8 2BT, United Kingdom.

Viewing will be on the morning of the sale, 9:00 am onwards. To bid live, you'll need to register with

The catolgue consists of a large number of items - paintings, drawing, sketches, photographs, maps, weapons, books, documents, etc. - described as 'Sikh' and/or related to Punjab. Many of them are unsold items from recent auctions.

Also, a caveat: some items are described "Sikh" but there is no clear evidence as to whether or not they are indeed Sikh related. Since Sikh items are currently being valued at far higher prices than other corresponding items from the subcontinent, we advise our readers to be vigilant for items that may be passed off as "Sikh" merely for the purpose of attracting or increasing bids. 

Here's a sampling - three of the numerous items in the catalogue:


Lot 445

Historic painting of the Darbar Sahib in Amritsar,  c 1850s, from the sketch album of 1st Lieut. Joseph Henry Jollife of the Royal Marine Artillery, East India Company. Watercolour measures 35cm by 26cm. The watercolour would have been executed shortly after the British annexed the Punjab. Provenance – Scottish Collection. 

Guide Price: £4000.00 - £6000.00


Lot 446

A stereo view photo of Sikh Soldiers circa 1914, doing kirtan in France during the Great War. Measures 7 inches x 3.5 inches, titled – ‘Sikhs singing religious chats outside their billets’. The central figure can be clearly seen reading from a gutka. Guide Price: £400.00 - £600.00


Lot 501

A fine drawing of a Sikh soldier in France dated 1916. An exceptional drawing of a Sikh soldier by Rod Vacha (Czech artist) signed by the artist and dated 1914. Also inscribed: ‘Ishar Singh (Sikhs)’ and further inscribed in Punjabi, probably by Ishar Singh himself. Over 138,000 Sikh soldiers fought in Belgium and France during World War I. Measures – 33cm x 22cm. Guide Price: £600.00 - £800.00



March 1, 2012

Conversation about this article

1: Baldev Singh (Bradford, United Kingdom), March 01, 2012, 8:30 AM.

We need to institutionally acquire our historical artifacts and put them in a special Museum or museums around the world.

2: Sunny Grewal (Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada), March 01, 2012, 1:12 PM.

Not much hope for these relics outside Punjab when the priceless frescoes inside historical gurdwaras are being white washed or relics stolen from the state museums.

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