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By Martyn Downer

Following Nelson’s triumph on the conflict of the Nile, he was once offered with a unprecedented diamond jewel via the Sultan of Turkey. The chelengk was once the Ottomans’ maximum present for gallantry and Nelson the 1st non-Muslim recipient. He followed it in his coat of fingers and theatrically wore the chelengk on his hat in imitation of its conventional demonstrate on a turban. It turned his most valuable ownership. Breathlessly mentioned within the gossip press and depicted in pictures and caricatures, it provoked either ridicule and awe in eighteenth-century England. Nelson’s misplaced Jewel tells the striking tale of 1 of the main well-known jewels in British background for the 1st time, and lines its trip from Constantinople to London. the tale of the chelengk doesn't finish with Trafalgar. Its eventful descent in Nelson’s kinfolk ended with its sale by means of public sale in 1895. Secured for the kingdom by way of public allure, it handed to the nationwide Maritime Museum at Greenwich from the place it used to be sensationally stolen in 1951, by no means to be visible back. the writer turns detective within the wish of eventually monitoring it down.

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