This is the quintessential St. Christopher medallion made by The Thomae Company. They come in many sizes, in plain sterling or enameled. This lovely medal is one of the largest sizes at 1 5/16" across. The enamel is a beautifully rich shade of red. The glass enamel is in excellent undamaged condition, and the patina on the silver back is soft and mellow. Under the enamel the phrase "Saint Christopher Protect Us" curves around the perimeter of the charm. The image of St. Christopher carrying the Christ Child is clear and crisp. This wonderful medal can be worn by a man or woman as a pendant, or could be a large focal charm on a bracelet.
Made by the The Thomae Company, there is a clear hallmark on the back of a T superimposed over a C . The Thomae Company was founded in Attleboro, Massachusetts in 1920 by Charles Thomae.
The back has been professionally hand-engraved with the initials 'ABA' in elaborate script. The center letter, B, is larger than the other letters which usually denotes the surname, so the true order of the person's initials would have been "A.A.B." How one feels about jewelry that has already been personalized is a matter of individual taste. I love beautifully engraved items, even if the initials are not my own. It helps convey the age and history of an item, and I like to think of this medal as having been lovingly given to another to protect them on their journeys through life!
Measures 1 5/16" wide and in the last photo is shown next to a quarter for scale.
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LARGE Charles Thomae St. Christopher Charm / Pendant / Medal - Sterling Silver and RED Guilloche Enamel
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