"The Guardian" This is a beautifully detailed medal or pendant from the 1930's to 1940's depicting St. Christopher carrying the Christ child across a raging river. This rare piece was crafted in Mexico of 970 (or 97%) silver and is marked, "Mexico, 970" on the back. It is pre-eagle and states, "San Cristobal Protegenos" on the front which shows an airplane, "mobster" 1930's car and a church. The saint is shielding Christ with a palm frond and wading through a wild river, next to which grows a pine tree, a symbol of eternal life. St. Christopher is the Catholic patron saint of traveling and this kind of pendant is said to be carried by those undertaking great journeys as a protective charm. This particular pendant is over seventy years old and rare -- notice how the relief covers the entire charm and the hole through which a bail or jump ring would be threaded is set far to the left of center. We haven't seen any others quite like this. This medal weighs 26 grams and measures one and a half inches in diameter. There is additional lettering in front in ancient Greek or Roman and the word or signature, "Acrris" or "Aorres."
Item ID: 123
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