The maltese cross was a popular motif in England in the mid 19th century. Here in its original fitted box is an outstanding example. The box has seen its better days, but it adds to the authenticity to the striking cross. The maltese cross is a type of cross having four equal arms that widen as they extend from a central focal point and have the arm ends indented, resulting in having eight points.
It has been in our own collection for many years, and we are happy to offer it to add to your own collection. It has been carefully tested and the gold is 15K or better. The arms of the cross are translucent white agate. There is a tiny point missing from one of the arms. We chose not to have it polished smooth and leave that decision to the new owner. The central section is unique and is fitted with a cabochon garnet and four smaller garnets sitting in a gold floral design. The pendant measures 2 plus inches by 2 plus inches. It weighs 14.5 grams.
Several outstanding examples can be viewed in the Victorian and Albert Museum in London. It is well worth a visit. The label in the box shows the piece is from a jeweler in Dublin, Ireland. It was purchased by us in London in the 1960s and has been a treasured item in our collection.
Georgian Maltese Cross in the Original Fitted Box