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  • “On a naval crown, or; the chelengk, or plume of triumph, presented to him by the Grand Signior, as a mark of his high esteem, and of his sense of the gallant conduct of the said Horatio Baron Nelson in the said glorious and decisive victory; with the motto ”

    The Life of the Right Honourable Horatio Lord Viscount Nelson

  • In this letter, it it called, a chelengk, or plume of triumph: such as has been, on every famous and memorable success of the Ottoman arms, conferred on victorious Mussulmen,

    The Life of the Right Honourable Horatio Lord Viscount Nelson

  • On the 8th of September, immediately after receiving information of the battle off the Nile, the Grand Signior directed a most superb diamond aigrette -- called, by the Turks, a chelengk, or plume of triumph -- taken from one of the imperial turbans, to be sent for our victorious admiral, with a rich pelisse of the choicest sable fur; and a purse of two thousand sequins, in cash, to be distributed among the wounded British seamen.

    The Life of the Right Honourable Horatio Lord Viscount Nelson, Volume 1

  • a naval crown, OR, the chelengk, or plume, presented to him by the Turk, with the motto, PALMAM QUI MERUIT FERAT.

    The Life of Horatio Lord Nelson

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  • "'What, what is that?' he cried.

    "'It is a chelengk,' said Jack with some complacency. 'Ain't I elegant?'

    'Wind it up again. Wind it up for him,' said his friends, and the Captain set his hat, his best, gold-laced, number one full-dress scraper, on the table: the splendid bauble — two close-packed lines of small diamonds, each topped by a respectable stone and each four or five inches long — had a round, diamond-studded base; this he twisted anti-clockwise for several turns, and as he put on his head again the chelengk sprang into motion, the round turning with a gentle whirr and the sprays quivering with a life of their own, so that Captain Aubrey sat in a small private coruscation, a confidential prismatic firework display, astonishingly brilliant in the sun."
    —Patrick O'Brian, Treason's Harbour, 13–14

    Also spelled chelengh; see also aigrette.

    February 15, 2008