Very RARE Siamese Contract deactivated SMLE Rifle No.1 MkIII* .303 Cal. Siamese king Rama VI in 1920 commisionned for his Volunteer force the Wild Tiger Corps (also included his personal Bodyguard) a shipment of 10,000 rifles. Instead of the usual British markings it has a Tiger logo on the butt socket along with the BSA markings and the serial number (in Siamese script).
The Siamese markings are "Mark Rama VI BE 2462" with the BE 2462 the Buddhist calendar year for 1919. Rama VI was the ruling name used by King Vajiravualh in his reign form 1910-1925. He was English educated and graduated from Sandhurst. These rifles are extremely rare on the collector market as most were lost during WW2 when the Japanese ruled the area, or simply rotted away in the humid jungle conditions of Thailand.
The rifle has all original woodwork throughout and has the Siamese Wild Tiger Corps emblem 'Tiger's Head' as well as Siamese script markings on the left side of the stock strap. The right side is stamped 'BSA Co'. The rifle strips, cocks and dry fires. No deactivation certificate.