I was chatting with a friend at a fair in central London on a Sunday morning when this cross caught my eye and just wouldn’t let it go. I asked her to hold it and once I had it in my hands there was no letting it go. The smoothly carved white chalcedony, the wonderful inscription, the age and history seemed to seep into my skin and I just had to have it. For you, of course.
This fantastic Georgian Maltese Cross pendant is on the larger side of things. It is set at the center with hair that’s been carefully plated. The reverse bears the engraved message “E.R.W. Ex dono J.W. June 19th, 1832”. An ‘Ex Dono’ is a gift given from one person to another and so I suspect that rather than being a memorial piece to commemorate a death, this cross was actually just given as a gift. The gold fittings have been carefully acid tested as 15 karat gold and piece is in much better condition than I will be at 187 years old! This pendant cross measures 52 mm top to bottom and 41 mm across and weighs 14.9 grams. It was made in England in about 1832.
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