Accompanied by a wooden presentation case.
Naser al-Din Shah Qajar, born 1831, was King of Iran from 1848 until his death in 1896. His reign, during which he had sovereign power for almost 50 years, was the third longest in Iranian history.
He was the first modern Iranian monarch to visit Europe in 1873, where he went back several times, amazed by the technology he saw there. During his first visit to the United Kingdom he was appointed by Queen Victoria a Knight of the Order of the Garter, and became the first Iranian monarch to receive such honour.
Considered in the beginning as a reformist, Naser al-Din was effective in introducing several different western influences to Iran and modernizing his kingdom by building roads, introducing postal and telegraph service and creating the first Iranian newspaper.
He received many honours during his reign, such as the Grand Cross of the French Legion d'Honneur, he was made a knight in England, Italy and Russia.
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