Thailand Siam. MONGKUT, Rama IV, King of Siam. 19158

£3,750

Description

The original rose coloured silk envelope or pouch, bearing an address label in the hand of King Mongkut, in English and Siamese, to “To Honourable Some Tam Esquire, farmer of Opium and Spirit at Singapore” sent in “the care of Barque Siam, A.Hamlett …[?]”, Chinese writing on verso. Rose or red coloured silk, 3 x 8 inches, in good condition, one stamped seal, label worn, with silk drawstring. Undated, Bangkok ? 1855/1860. Rare. These silk pouches are known in black, gold, red, and blue. King Maha Mongkut, also known as Rama IV, ruled Siam (now Thailand) from 1851 to 1868, during which time he successfully negotiated with Western powers and modernised his nation. Mongkut ascended the throne upon the death of his half-brother, Jetta (Rama III), after spending 27 years as a Buddhist monk. Educated and multi-lingual, Mongkut negotiated with the United States and European powers to open Siam to international trade.