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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP In the TMP Dawghouse15 May 2019 10:03 p.m. PST

… from defeated Tiger of Mysore's Indian palace set to sell for £1.00 GBPmillion.

"They are the remnant of a bygone era, when Sultan's ruled one of the world's oldest empires, living in a forgotten age of opulence and extravagance in India's immense palace estates…."

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Did the Duke loot?….


Major General Stanley16 May 2019 1:57 p.m. PST

to the victor go the spoils

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP In the TMP Dawghouse16 May 2019 4:00 p.m. PST



ConnaughtRanger17 May 2019 1:08 p.m. PST

Wellesley had a subsidiary role in the final assault on Seringapatam. I suspect the good stuff was gone before he arrived? And I think HM The Queen has a bit of Tippoo Sultan's throne?

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP In the TMP Dawghouse17 May 2019 1:10 p.m. PST

I have my doubts…. any loot?… Humm!….


Musketballs17 May 2019 2:15 p.m. PST


A 'pagoda' was worth around 8 shillings so Wellesley's share of the prize money would be around £4,000.00 GBP

For further information, Wellesley's despatches after the assault, when he was placed in command of the town:


Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP In the TMP Dawghouse18 May 2019 11:51 a.m. PST



Personal logo 4th Cuirassier Supporting Member of TMP24 May 2019 1:11 a.m. PST

An interesting factoid that emerged from a recent visit to Apsley House. At Salamanca Wellington's army captured and pillaged the baggage train which was itself French pillage of Spanish treasures, notably art. Velazquez old masters had been cut out of their frames and were being used as horse blankets, and so on.

Wellington offered to return to Spain that which he had managed to preserve. Sportingly, they told him he could keep whatever Spanish property he had recaptured for the French.

One starts to apprehend why the Spanish gentleman was held in such high regard at this time.

Brechtel198 Supporting Member of TMP24 May 2019 7:46 a.m. PST

so Wellesley's share of the prize money would be around £4,000.00 GBP GBP

That would be a tidy sum during that period.

A friend emailed my and told me that in today's currency that would be L176,313.64.

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