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name). It was not a novelty, as he had one in the palace before, but the astronomical slides seemed particularly to interest him. After some time, he asked us whether we would like to see the Royal crown jewels, and sent one of the nobles for the crown in which he had been crowned, and which, he said, had been that of his Royal grandfather. It is of pyramidical shape, and weighs about four pounds. It is covered with beautiful diamonds, the one at the top being of enormous size and extraordinary splendour : two flaps or wings of gold with diamonds descended by the side of the ears, and the crown is tied under the chin. His Majesty put it on, and said the Sovereigns of Siam were crowned by the highest Brahminical priest-He then exhibited the sword of state, whose gold scabbard is richly embossed, and covered with diamonds and jewels; and his Majesty unsheathed it* and showed us two swords, one within the other-a the inner of steel, the outer of metal: the handle was partly made of u sacred wood," covered by e succession of ornamented and jewelled rings. He showed us the stiletto he usually wears: it had e three-pointed blade. The King gave his card to every one of the gentlemen present, and poured out for every one a small glass of wine, which he himself presented, having learned the name and office of each. He showed us specimens of Siamese skill in working go\ aamong other things, imitations of Mordan's penA*" His Majesty presented me with a small bundle of hafrs from the tail of the second white elephant, which, course, is deemed a special mark of attention.
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