I thought I would go off in a different direction today and post a photograph of a fantastic carved wooden elephant I have. I think it might have come from the Madras region but was not present when my parents purchased it many, many years ago.
It is a large elephant approximately 12 inches in height by 12 inches in length and beautifully carved. My mother always said it had to stand facing the door of the room, but I cannot recall why?
Also in my profile I mentioned that i have collected Indian silver coins between 1835 and 1945. I started with silver rupees and of course progressed to half and then quarter rupees eventually collecting the tiny 2 anna coins as well. Today I am listing an unusual one due to the fact it is stamped PM. I have been told it was used in an African country, I think it was Mozambique due to a shortage of coinage at the time.
This coin is dated 1884 and was minted in Bombay. It has a very small mint mark in the base of the lotus flower on the side of the coin with the date at the 12 o'clock position.
Small picture of the mint mark follows but it is hard to see.