Nelson’s Lost Jewel: Recreating the Chelengk

March 9, 2018

A recording from an evening at Goldsmiths’ Hall on Monday 5 March, 2018.

Jewellery expert Joanna Hardy, historian Martyn Downer (author of Nelson’s Lost Jewel), jeweller Philip Denyer and Roger Stephenson, the Deputy Chairman at Lock & Co Hatters discuss Nelson’s Chelengk, one of the most iconic jewels in British history.

The ‘Chelengk’: a turban/hat ornament, with a plume of more than 300 diamonds and one of Vice-Admiral Lord Nelson’s most treasured possessions, was presented to him by Sultan Selim III of Turkey after the Battle of the Nile in 1798.

The piece was stolen more than half a century ago, and a new replica has recently been recreated by Philip Denyer using the original drawings and plans from Nelson’s original lost jewel.

On being asked to make the piece, Denyer remarked that ‘everything I had learnt in a lifetime was now going to be needed in this one jewel.’

A display at Goldsmiths’ Hall of the replica of Nelson’s Chelengk, and a collection of silver owned by Vice-Admiral Lord Nelson will run 12 March, 2018 – 22 March, 2018. Full opening times here.

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