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Princes Tsedeun's royal silver-end caps gifted to a US family

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Princes Tsedeun's royal silver-end caps gifted to a US family


On June 23rd, 2020, I received an email from Ellis Gordon, Bethesda, Maryland, USA who wished to share an interesting story for my blog (Proud to be a about the royal silver-end caps she had in her family possession gifted by the late Princes PemaTsedeunYapshiPheunkhang way back around 1969.
We shared a couple of emails as I wanted to know about her family and her family’s connection to the late princess. Ellis, senior level cyber-security engineer told she has a pair of silver-end caps crafted for a hanging scroll that was made for her parent by the Sikkim Palace silver-smith under the order of Princess PemaTsedeunYapshiPheunkhang during late 60s. Tsedeun, as she liked to be addressed, told Ellis was a frequent dinner guest at their house in Washington D.C., USA. Tseduen, would visit her father on Capitol Hill where she was introduced to members of the US government such as Sen. Edward Kennedy.
Upon asking how their parents came in touch with the Sikkim Royal family; her email read, she was in 9th grade when she first saw her with her family.  The Princess was a regular visitor at dinners or at dinner parties organized at their house in Washington DC up until the early 1970s.  Ellis’s father worked on Capitol Hill and was the Staff Economist for the Senate Small Business Committee. He had a wide network of contacts throughout the United States government.
Her mother was an accomplished silversmith. The Princess was very interested in her mother’s silver and gold work.  The royal princess wanted her parent to have an example of silver craft from the palace’s silversmith. Ellis added she could remember the princess going over to the hanging scroll in her parent’s dining room and measuring the roller dimensions for the palace silversmith to make the end caps.
Ellis recollected the Princess as very communicative and highly intelligent.  She was very friendly and outgoing. The Princess could speak excellent English and could mix with the West as well as the East. She was a special ambassador for Sikkim, she wrote.


Sikkim at a Glance

  • Area: 7096 Sq Kms
  • Capital: Gangtok
  • Altitude: 5,840 ft
  • Population: 6.10 Lakhs
  • Topography: Hilly terrain elevation from 600 to over 28,509 ft above sea level
  • Climate:
  • Summer: Min- 13°C - Max 21°C
  • Winter: Min- 0.48°C - Max 13°C
  • Rainfall: 325 cms per annum
  • Language Spoken: Nepali, Bhutia, Lepcha, Tibetan, English, Hindi