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Nelson's Lost Jewel By Martyn Downer

Nelson's Lost Jewel
by Martyn Downer

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Nelson's Lost Jewel tells the remarkable story of one of the most famous jewels in British history for the first time, and traces its journey from Constantinople to London. Secured for the nation by public appeal, it passed to the National Maritime Museum at Greenwich from where it was sensationally stolen in 1951, never to be seen again.
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Nelson's Lost Jewel: The Extraordinary Story of the Lost Diamond Chelengk by Martyn Downer

Admiral Lord Nelson's diamond Chelengk is one of the most famous and iconic jewels in British history. Presented to Nelson by the Sultan Selim III of Turkey after the Battle of the Nile in 1798, the jewel had thirteen diamond rays to represent the French ships captured or destroyed at the action. A central diamond star on the jewel was powered by clockwork to rotate in wear. Nelson wore the Chelengk on his hat like a turban jewel, sparking a fashion craze for similar jewels in England. The jewel became his trademark to be endlessly copied in portraits and busts to this day. After Trafalgar, the Chelengk was inherited by Nelson's family and worn at the Court of Queen Victoria. Sold at auction in 1895 it eventually found its way to the newly opened National Maritime Museum in Greenwich where it was a star exhibit. In 1951 the jewel was stolen in a daring raid by an infamous cat-burglar and lost forever. For the first time, Martyn Downer tells the extraordinary true story of the Chelengk: from its gift to Nelson by the Sultan of Turkey to its tragic post-war theft, charting the jewel's journey through history and forging sparkling new and intimate portraits of Nelson, of his friends and rivals, and of the woman he loved.

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About Martyn Downer

Martyn Downer is former director at Sotheby's, and the leading specialist in the identification of artifacts relating to Nelson and the Royal Navy. He has handled the sales of the most valuable artworks belonging to Nelson. He is the author of Nelson's Purse.

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Nelson's Lost Jewel: The Extraordinary Story of the Lost Diamond Chelengk by Martyn Downer
Martyn Downer
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