Adele G.D. Locke
Siamese Cat History -
Encyclopedia Britannica -
Duen Ngai, Kalohom and Khromata (The first progeny in 1905).
A litter by "Tachin". Owned by Lady Marcus Beresford. (photo: J. Fall, Baker Street.)
Litter of Siamese kittens belonging to Lady Marcus Beresford. (Photo: J. Fall, Baker St. W.)
Pais OK Siamese, belonging
to Mrs. Armitage
(Photo: Salmon & Batchan,
New Bond Street, W.)
Mrs. Robinson's "Champion Wankee"
Seal Point Male Born 1895
Tiam O'Shian IV
Seal Point Male Born 1899
Sire: Tiam O'Shian III
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Health & Disease, Author: Frank Townend Barton 1908 Everett & Co.
Siamese Cat Breed History
The Siamese is considered to be one of the oldest of the Oriental/Asian cat breeds, and it is believed that the origins of Siamese cats originated from Thailand, formally known as Siam. This ancient Asian land is the source of the breed’s name and its more flattering, legendary reference, “The Royal Cats of Siam”. Known as Royal Points, these cats were honored in such high regard that no one except the king and members of the royal family were permitted to own them.
There seems to be some mystery on how the Siamese made it into Western Culture. The Siamese is also (arguably) the most recognizable breed on the planet. This feline is considered by many to be a “natural” breed, one that developed without the interference of man. Pictures of a Seal Point appeared in the manuscript “Cat-
One such story tells how sacred Siamese temple cats, charged with guarding a valuable vase, curled their tails around the vase and stared at it with such intensity that their eyes became crossed. Another storey tells of Siamese cats appointed to guard princesses’ rings: The cats kept the rings on their tails and the tail kinds developed to keep the rings from sliding off.
No one is sure exactly when the Siamese was imported to Britain or to America. The earliest documented account tells of a pair of Siamese cats given to the sister of the British consul general in Bangok in 1884, who exhibited the cats the following year in London. However, Siamese cats were exhibited 13 years earlier (in 1871) in the first modern-
As stated in “The Book Of the Cat”, by Francis Simpson (1903), Adele Locke founded the Beresford Cat Club, and owned the first registered Siamese “Stockehaven Siam”. Mrs. Locke owned several Siamese, showed them in cat shows, and was well traveled. Pictures of her and her Siamese cats can be found online by using her name as a search keyword.
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