Vintage 1930s Jerusalem Crucifix in Maltese Greek Cross Style
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In a very good condition with minor signs of age. Dimensions 15" inches length/ Pendant is 4.5 X 4.5 centimeters / Weight 23 grams / All measures are approximate
Beautiful Vintage 1930s Jerusalem Jordan cross crucifix large pendant-brooch necklace with exquisite neo etruscan decoration and a central sparkling purple glass cabochon. This unusual pendant is made 800 sterling silver and has floral engravings at 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.