The decline of the Mughal empire Indian disunity contributed to British success. By the beginning of the 19th century, India was Britain’s colonial possession. Indian ports were vital to to British sea power. This was the Mughal empire before Britain took it.
A MUGHAL GEM-SET ROCK CRYSTAL CUP, INDIA, CIRCA 18TH CENTURY the rock crystal carved in the form of a cup, set with gold floral tendrils highlighted with rubies, emerald and diamonds, in custom velvet box
A Mughal gem-set gold mounted jade Pendant (Haldili) India, late 18th/early 19th Century cartouche-shaped, inlaid with gold and set with cabochon-cut rubies and emeralds and tablet-cut diamonds in a three-stemmed symmetrical floral motif emanating from a small oval ruby, with two birds in profile flanking the central diamond, drilled for suspension 5.2cm wide