This truly beautiful,. Victorian box cross is fully hallmarked for sterling silver.
It measures 1 and 7/8” (4.8cms) long , including the ring, by 1 and 1/8” (2.9cms) wide. It is 7mms thick and weighs 6.7 grams.
The front is exquisitely engraved with a sprays of foliage. On three sides there are random designs of crosses, lines and curves. These are the type of decoration you will often find on a Victorian locket.
At the top is a ring and a substantial bail.
On the plain back is the maker’s mark ‘H.C’ for Henry Cook, first registered in 1872. There follow the English hallmarks. The date letter is rubbed at the base. It could be a ‘b’ for 1876 or an ‘h’ for 1882. Following this is the is the anchor for the Birmingham assay office and the lion passant for sterling silver. The sides are plain silver.
In excellent antique condition, this rare and lovely cross will arrive in a gift box.