The hammer still goes down every Sunday at Russell Exchange Kolkata

The Russell Exchange-Kolkata

” We don’t know much about the history associated with the items, owners brought them to us and we sell those through auction –  simple ”  says Mr. Salim , the co-owner of the only active auction house of Eastern India – Russell Exchange Kolkata , with tad repugnance but within a while he changed his sulk  and said ” well….. you’re free to take photographs of  these items and post it to your blog “.

The Sleeping Beauty - Victorian Artifact
The Sleeping Beauty – priced approximately at 40,000 INR

The Beginning

When the British started packing up and leaving India, they started selling off their goods. That’s how the auction house came into being. However, after a period of time, the auction houses started wrapping up. The two main auction houses after Mackenzie Lyall & Co. shut down and which survived were The Russell Exchange Kolkata and Chowringhee Sales Bureau Pvt. Ltd. Chowringhee too shut down leaving Russell Exchange the only breathing auction house of Kolkata.

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Kolkata, the City of Joy has been enchanting me, since childhood, of her glorified past and also the time at present.This blog is made with the intention to give you a brief and photographic detail of the famous spots of Kolkata with a pinch of little-known history behind it.

The Daily Chronicles of early Europeans in Kolkata

Old European Ladies Kolkata Photowalks

The Europeans in Kolkata in earlier days of English settlements was not a quite normal one. It was an age when communication with their motherland was not so brisk and the Europeans were placed in a country where they were practically isolated from the people and had to communicate with them only in matters of business.
Among the early English Settlers in Kolkata, early rising was a “rule” and a morning ride was frequently indulged in. According to a contemporary writer ” at four o’ clock in the morning, while it is yet utterly dark, there is a universal stir throughout the house, much talk of horses, hats whips, and coffee, and a voice at the door enquiring whether a drive or a ride would be preferable.

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Kolkata, the City of Joy has been enchanting me, since childhood, of her glorified past and also the time at present.This blog is made with the intention to give you a brief and photographic detail of the famous spots of Kolkata with a pinch of little-known history behind it.