named after his maternal grandfather - James Harrison
Wilson, a US Civil War general whose postwar career
took him to countries around the world. As he
result of his travels, the family was introduced
to the world of Siam, as Thailand was then known.
Wilson went to
England as President Cleveland's representative
at the wedding of the future King George V and
Princess Mary of Teck. While there, he met the
Siamese Crown Prince, Vajiravudh (later crowned
King Rama VI), son of Chulalongkorn (King Rama
V), son of King Mongkut (Rama IV).
woven by Jim Thompson's company were used
in the film version of the musical, "The
King and I"
was the young prince whom legendary Anna came
to teach in the King and I.
A few years later,
when Prince Vajiravudh made an official tour of
the United States, a request was sent out to General
Wilson to act as his guide.
A garden party
was held at the Thompson's country home near Greenville,
and photographs of the Prince were taken.
not yet born but as a child, he enjoyed looking
at the faded pictures and listening to stories
told of the royal garden party for King Rama VI
The Dining Room
The carved teak tables were made for gaming
and bear the insignia of King Chulalongkorn
(1868 - 1910). The plates are 17th century
blue and-white porcelain.
Forty years later,
Thompson acquired a pair of ornate, antique (Mahjong)
gaming tables from the former palace. The tables
which were originally presented as gifts to King
Chulalongkorn and bear the Royal Insignia of Rama
V engraved in gold.
As a boy, the
young Thompson made a number of trips to Europe
with his family and school friends, but never
displayed any particular interest in Asia, despite
his grandfather's association with this part of