Antique Gold Maltese Cross Circa 1820
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Directory: Archives: Estate Jewelry: Gold: Pre Victorian: Pre 1837 VR: item # 593013
Please refer to our stock # 2134 when inquiring.
Third Floor Antiques
P.O. Box 8135
Parsippany, NJ 07054
This gold,Georgian,Maltese Cross is circa 1820. It has beautiful, clear chalcedony sections accented with fine gold cannetille work. This type of work created by a skilled hand uses spirals of gold twisted and connected to create the leaves. The work is so fine, it takes a jewelers loop to understand how difficult this must be to achieve. The central section has a small faceted ruby,foiled back and set in a hand crimped collet. The roses have three colors of gold,quite extraordinary.The bail is also a work of art,textured and patterned to join the cross. The reverse has a glass enclosed locket housing a fine lock of hair.
The cross measures 1 3/4 inches down and across. The length with the bale is 2 1/2 inches. It is entirely original and in excellent condition. There is a slight chip at the bottom right corner of the chalcedony,so small it is not visible in the photos. The pin point dots on the bottom section are natural to the stone and greatly magnified by the photos. This is a true work of art and is elegant on a string of pearls,velvet ribbon or chain.