Large Victorian Silver Cross
In the 1800s it was rather fashionable to wear ornamental crosses suspended from chains in the manner of any pendant or locket. This late 19th century silver cross represents a form of cross known as the Portuguese Cross of the Order of Christ or of the Knights of Christ which originated from a medieval warrior-monk order, the Portuguese priory of the Templars. After the suppression of the order by Pope Clement, the priory simply changed its name.
Cast in silver and quite large in size, the weight of this piece is light and very wearable. The surface is covered with patterning, including a traditional Latin cross form and a three-leaf floral motif emblematic of the doctrine of the Trinity.
Measurements: 3 inches (7.7 cm) in length including the two top “O” fittings and 2-5/8 inches (6.7 cm) without by 1-13/16 inches (4.6 cm) in width by 3/16 of an inch (0.4 cm) in depth. This antique cross has a weight of 12.1 grams (7.8 dwt).
Condition: Excellent; light even wear, a tad more evident on the reverse as expected with age and use.
Date: Circa 1880
Overall Scale: Large