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Ch. 25: The Akbar Shah or Jehan Ghir Shah Diamond

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XXV.
THE AKBAR SHAH, or JEHAN GHIR SHAH.
Lost and Found—Known in Turkey as the " Shepherd's Stone "—Sold to the late Gaikwar of Baroda—Another Disappearance—Royal Egotism.
N every respect a very remarkable stone, the " Akbar Shah" entirely disappeared about the close of the seventeenth cen­tury, but it has again recently come to light. Thanks to information courteously communi­cated to us by Messrs George Blogg & Co., of London, we are enabled to trace its history back to the famous Mogul Emperor Akbar Shah, apparently its first owner. It remained in the Mogul's treasury till the time of Shah Jehan, by whom it was beautifully en­graved in Arabic characters on both sides. After its long disappearance it suddenly came to light again a few years ago in Turkey, where it was known by the name of the " Shepherd's Stone." But the two inscrip­tions left no doubt as to its true origin. Mr. George Blogg, who purchased it at Constantinople in February, 1866, was told at the time that, according to the tradition, it formed one of the eyes of the Peacock Throne, destroyed by Nadir Shah. By him it was ; brought to London, where it was re-cut to a drop, as
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