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Why are antique collectors around the world competing for regalia during the Nizam era?

Ahmed Charlief Ascander

By Ahmed Shareef Askander

Nizam of Hyderabad Deccan His noble noble Mir Osman Ali Khan Sidiki was the last ruler of the Asaph Jahi dynasty, the largest prince state in the population, and the second in size. Is big. The facts about HEH, the last Nizam of Hyderabad’s wealth, are well documented around the world. He reportedly used a £ 50 million ostrich egg-sized diamond as a paperweight. HEH The Nizam VII was the second Indian to be featured as the wealthiest man in the world on the cover of the February 22, 1937 edition of Time Magazine. HEH Nizam VII was a secular ruler, a philanthropist, and a modern Hyderabad genius architect. During the war, HEH Nizam donated a truck full of gold to the Indian Defense Fund, and as a philanthropist he made large donations to Benares Hindu University and other Hindu institutions, which is irrefutable to his secular rule. It’s proof.

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Time magazine with Nizam’s cover photo

The majority of Hyderabad residents and secularists still love and respect HEH The Nizam today. Meanwhile, his enemies, especially the Hindutva Lightwingers of India, never leave a chance to hurt his name and regularly seek to distort the history of the former Indian Empire’s Nizam and other Islamic rulers. I’m trying. Nonetheless, HEH Nizam and his golden age are still highly regarded and highly respected around the world. Even today, antiques and works of art from the HEH Nizam era are very popular, expensive and the joy of all antique collectors. High bids at international auction houses to buy antiques from the Nizam era are for collectors around the world and a new generation of ultra-rich Hyderabad to own part of Hyderabad’s heritage and bring it to the pearl city of Hyderabad. It’s a common sight to compete to take home.

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It is worth mentioning here that in the last 80 years, a large amount of very valuable antiques from the Nizam era have been sold at disposable prices by some of Nizam’s descendants and stolen or plundered abroad. Nizam’s territory was robbed as a loot by the British Indian Army, and a few others received gifts from the Nizam government and passed on to future generations as family heirs. I did.

Amalbilsin, a monetary expert and authority on the Hyderabad currency of the Nizam era and co-author of “Indian Paper Money,” said: .. After Operation Polo and the subsequent division of Hyderabad, it lost some of its brilliance, but now it has been regained by the efforts of heritage and history experts and enthusiasts. Technology has fueled the curiosity and interest in collections of many. Many people do not have roots in Hyderabad. Coins, currencies, medals, tokens, stamps, and militias issued by the Nizam government are very popular collectibles today. So vintage books related to Hyderabad and the 1937 Time Magazine are becoming scarce day by day. “

Dr. Mohammed Safiura – A famous historian of the city said: 1986, 30 years ago. However, with the intervention of the Indian government, it was withdrawn by the Habsburgfeldman art auctioneer in Geneva, Switzerland, and later sold privately. “

In June 2019, 700 Chlore worth of Nizam’s antique jewelery and regalia were sold at the single largest auction in Christie’s, which lasted 12 hours. The Nizam of Hyderabad Theme Ceremony Sword is over $ 1.5 million, the Nizam of Hyderabad Necklace is over $ 2 million, and the Salpek is over $ 1.5 million, unlike many other antiques.


A large guild farmer under the name of the cheap antique “Nizam of Hyderabad Sikander Jah” was sold at Christie’s for £ 1500 in 2016. The large Osmania General Hospital based on Esh’s Islamic architecture in South India. A highly detailed design was also sold at Christie’s in 2011 for over £ 6875. Vincent Jerome Esch (1876-1950) redeveloped the city of Hyderabad following the floods and plague devastation of 1908 and 1911. Engaged in Hyderabad’s Nizam as an architect to help.

Ahmed Rahmatullah Khan, a Hyderabad technician working at HP, is one of a new generation of collectors who recently won a rare historic military medal of over 180 AUD at an Australian auction. The medal has an interesting story. Published by Nizam of Hyderabad for the safe rescue of Sir Harding and Lady (Governor-General of India and his wife) after fleeing a bomb attack by an Indian revolutionary in 1912. Delhi elephant. The medal was expected to sell for 60-90 AUS, but due to the historic story and the Nizam tag attached to it, it far exceeded the 140 AUS and auction house prices and expected logistics prices.

Australia-based Muzammil Rizwan Khan is a new generation of Hyderabad, the proud owner of the Hyderabad 650 Flintlock Cavalry Pistol Nizam manufactured in 1825, and personally owned the Nizam until 1974. I did. Thousands of pounds were imported into Australia at last year’s UK auction. Hindutva’s Lightwinger has fueled hatred with the rhetoric of forcing Indian Muslims back to Hinduism (Garwapsi), while Hyderabad Muslims from India, such as Lizwan, have lost Hyderabad and India. We are working hard with resources, time and money to regain the lost heritage and antiques. As he proudly stated in the unpacking video on the Facebook page, “Mein ne Hyderabad ki cheez Hyderabad Alhamdulillah GharWapis leaayahoon. This pistol is not owned by me, but belongs to all Hyderabads and is home. I took it back to Hyderabad and handed it over to Hyderabad again. “

At another recent auction on December 17, 2021, a small white metal silver plate placeholder depicting the young Edward VIII (Prince of Wales) on a royal tour of India and an approximately 8-inch Nizam in East Bristol, England. Sold at auction. For £ 110. The antiques were slightly damaged, one of the tiger figurines on the HEH Nizam emblem lacked a tail, and the colored photo of the HEH Nizam was considerably faded.

“The photo of HEH Nizam VII is hand-colored, and the Star of India robe, awarded in July 1914, is adorned with orders and garters. The award and medal hierarchy. Both HH Nizam VI and HEH Nizam VII were awarded the Star of India Robe by the British prince at the time, Dr. Mohammed Saffiura added, October 2020. On the 29th, a commemorative silver roll holder dedicated to the Nizam of Hyderabad in 1903 by Anjuman y Islam in Bombay was sold for £ 1,125, fees and value-added tax, well above expected prices. I did.

Collectors are anxious to get Hyderabad-related antiques from the Nizam era. Since India’s independence, millions of Nizam antiques have reached some extent in the last 80 years since they were traded at international private and public auctions and local auctions, but they haven’t. Anydata that provides the exact number or value of a transaction.

Ahmed Shareef Askander is a researcher based in London, England.

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