Elephants Of The Rajah Of Travancore – Old Print 1858

This print is a page from The Illustrated London News dating to March 20, 1858. Titled the Elephants of the Rajah of Travancore, shows East India Company soldiers,  mahouts, local natives, and so on. A steel-engraved print from an original drawing of Prince Aleksandr Mikhailovich Saltuikov. Read more about Prince Aleksandr Saltuikov’s Travancore (scroll down to see the article).

See also my post- Map Of Travancore Backwaters & Coast c1866Travancore, Cochin, and Malabar became a part of Kerala after independence. Unlike other Maharajas in India, the Kerala Maharajas were one of the most progressive out of the lot and saw to it that their state becomes one too. They were diligent in developing their kingdoms- Travancore and Cochin.

What I like the most is that they did not squander money in unnecessary ostentatiousness. So much so that the Travancore dynasty and their predecessors for thousands of years stored their treasures in the vaults of the Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple. The treasure is a collection of valuable objects including gold thrones, crowns, coins, statues and ornaments, diamonds, and other precious stones.

And is believed to be over 22 billion dollars. Read more about Padmanabhaswamy Temple treasure.

Did you know- in 1851 the Maharajah of Travancore gifted an ivory throne to Queen Victoria.

From the collection- Old Pictorial Book 1903 – Views of Bombay Old & New., British Cavalry Parade In Bangalore – Old Postcard 1918.,   German Map Bombay With Waffen SS Stamp & Seal.,  Vintage Postcard Raja Ravi Varma’s Portrait

The images are of the actual items from my collection. And Not a photocopy, pirated, reproduced, or stock photos or taken from other sources.