A Prisoner of War’s Shell Spoon.
A Shell Spoon Bowl, part missing, with pasted manuscript note stating: ‘This was Captn. Moore’s Spoon, the time he was Hida Allys Prisoner at Serringapatam 3½ years with Irons on his legs.‘ A further manuscript note reads: ‘Taken prisoner 178…; Liberated 17…; Died 1838, Aged …5‘
Haidar Ali [c.1722-1782], father of Tippoo Sahib, was ruler of the kingdom of Mysoe, including the island of Seringapatam, from circa 1761.
Cracked and with a piece missing.
Length – 7.60 cm.; Width – 4.70 cm.