Armorial bahadur saucer

From Chinese Armorial Porcelain Volume II by David Sanctuary Howard, page 695:
This style of porcelain copies a Worcester design first used in 1762 and intermittently by that factory until 1805. The armorial, which has a shield of the shape popular in the 1820s, might be blazoned, Azure a jamdar dagger lying fesswise with in chief two fish proper. The supporters are a Bengal tiger and an elephant and beneath the arms in a motto scroll is an inscription in Urdu which might be translated ‘Vizier of the Kingdom, Right [arm] of the State, Bahadur’ (the latter meaning ‘hero’ or ‘powerful’).
While there were others who might have been considered ‘Bahadur’ it is possible that this was Bahadur Shah II, born 1775, the titular Mogul Emperor from 1837-58. As a pensioner of the Hon. East India Company he had little power, but presided over a court where Urdu culture flourished. In 1857 he at first refused to be titular leader of the Indian Mutiny, but was unable to resist and became the mutineers’ rallying point. He offered to surrender Delhi on honourable terms but after the fall of the city was tried by the British and exiled to Rangoon where he died in 1862.
7.75″ across
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