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Huge French Provincial Normandy Silver Cross

Story

Croix Bosse, or a bulging style of silver (or gold) work, is applied in this 19th century cross pendant. This distinct metal work belongs to the traditional style of adornment for the regional costume from Normandy, France.

Of exceptional size (never have we encountered one so large), it is 5 inches long! Created with puffy elements, the top section of nine domes is static and attached as one piece, and the bottom large, pointed oval, dangles from it.

The same designs both front and back, this Bosse work was always hollow with each top and bottom joined at the edges. All constructed in repoussé work (pressed out from the reverse) there is an outer ring of graduated beaded designs alternating with geometrics.

At each center are sculpted and angled higher-polished silver domes, almost resembling huge rose cut diamonds. Since traditional dress and jewelry lasted for decades or longer, this dates conservatively to 1850.

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Huge French Provincial Normandy Silver Cross

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Date: Circa 1850.

Measurements: Length with bales of 5 inches and 4 1/2 inch without and 3 1/8 inches wide and 15/16 inches deep at the deepest. Weight of 24.5 grams.

Hallmarks: Numerous French marks including two crab marks and bigornes.

Condition: Excellent, small indentations to the center domes of front and back, difficult to notice given the angled forms; a few pin holes most look like they are original the the construction.

Origin: French.

Story

Croix Bosse, or a bulging style of silver (or gold) work, is applied in this 19th century cross pendant. This distinct metal work belongs to the traditional style of adornment for the regional costume from Normandy, France.

Of exceptional size (never have we encountered one so large), it is 5 inches long! Created with puffy elements, the top section of nine domes is static and attached as one piece, and the bottom large, pointed oval, dangles from it.

The same designs both front and back, this Bosse work was always hollow with each top and bottom joined at the edges. All constructed in repoussé work (pressed out from the reverse) there is an outer ring of graduated beaded designs alternating with geometrics.

At each center are sculpted and angled higher-polished silver domes, almost resembling huge rose cut diamonds. Since traditional dress and jewelry lasted for decades or longer, this dates conservatively to 1850.