Jerusalem Heraldic Cross, Greek Crosslets Necklace, Antique Greek Cross Pendant
Jerusalem 900 Silver and Red Carnelian Order of Malta Crucifix in Rope Chain Necklace, Vintage Greek Cross and Crosslets Made in Bethlehem Israel around 1930s, Large Pin Brooch Pendant from Middle East
Chain Length 18" inches / Height 2" inches / Width 2" inches / Weight 31 grams / All measures are approximate
Beautiful antique 1930s Jerusalem cross large pendant necklace with red carnelian stone in it's center (untested). This unusual pendant is made 900 sterling silver and has impressive neo-Etruscan design on the front side, and engraved flowers and leaves on the back. The style of the Maltese-Crusaders cross is more "medieval revival" than others from late Victorian era. A very beautiful piece for collectors. The Jerusalem cross (also known as "Crusaders' cross", "Five-fold Cross", or "cross-and-crosslets") is a heraldic cross and Christian cross variant consisting of a large cross potent surrounded by four smaller Greek crosses, one in each quadrant. There are variants to the design, also known as "Jerusalem cross", with either the four crosslets also in the form of Crosses potent, or conversely with the central cross also in the form of a plain Greek cross. As the arms of the Kingdom of Jerusalem, the design is traditionally attributed to Godfrey of Bouillon himself. It was not used, however, by the Christian rulers of Jerusalem during the 12th century. The Jerusalem cross proper appears only on a coin minted under John II in the 1284.
In a very good condition with normal signs of age and wear.