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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 Harrison, James 1806

  • 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 Harrison, James 1806

  • 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 James Harrison

  • 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 Robert Southey 1808


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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