Brilliant “Agra” Part 2

Mughal-emperorLater stone which according to historians was kept in Agra, in a strange way it was brought from India, and in 1896 sold the famous jeweler Edwin Streeter. Supposed seller was an English nobleman, the Marquis Donegal. According to Donegal, the stone was stolen by him from the ruler Delhi during the riots in India in 1857. At that time, he served in the British Embassy in India and was well acquainted with the young officer, who was entrusted to guard the jewel.

Several British officers at the time decided not to give into the hands of rebel rock the crowd and take him to England, but once the question was, how to do it. Up to the last moment, no one could propose a plan that would guarantee the success of the event.

Before leaving the officers at dinner, a young officer, suddenly jumped up from the table, saying, “I came up with. We’ll hide the diamond in feed for horses and cause the horse to swallow “His proposal met with general approval. When the officers had set sail from the port of the ship, the horse became ill and had to shoot him. Open up her stomach, officers safely pulled out a gem.

Apparently, there is no reason to judge the authenticity of the story, or about the reasons why it could be invented. But pay attention to the time when the events described above occurred. It is known that in 1844 the diamond was already owned by the Count Charles Braunshveyskogo, one of the greatest collectors of jewelry XIX century, gave its name to the famous blue diamond Braunshveysky. Count paid 348,600 French francs (equivalent to about 13,670 pounds) – a high price for the jewelry – November 22, 1844 certain Bloggu, whose name can be found in the catalog graph Braunsheyskogo jewelry collection, made in the 1860s. In all likelihood it is about George Blogge, co Blogg & Martin, known in those days, the company that sells jewelry and precious stones.

It is known that on the day of the proposed purchase “Agra” Earl purchased a Blogg & Martin Graf has three diamonds, and a little earlier, George Blogg sold him four more gems. In the catalog it was noted that diamond “Agra” went to the emperor Babur in 1526, and in 1844 is considered the 14th at a cost of a diamond in the world.

Not be amiss to suggest that the officers, kidnapped stone not been thoroughly aware of its origins and values, while the authors of the catalog jewelry collection of Count Braungveyshskogo obviously had to know for sure the history of all existing there jewelry. We can also assume that the diamond fed to horses and contraband transported to England is not the same stone, which bought Braungshveysky graph. It is possible that Lord Donegal summed memory and relatively Streeter told them the events of 1844. Some historians have also expressed the view that there are two diamonds “Agra”, pointing out that the transference to England British officers weighed 46 carats, and the one that was in the collection of Count Charles, had a weight of 41 carats.

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