This delightful St George medal or pendant is gold filled and I believe it to be French, although there are no identifying marks.
St George is the Patron Saint of England but also of many other countries and towns. He is best known for his legendary fight with the dragon. He is also considered a protector . I am dating this piece to 1900-1910.
The medal measures 7/8” (2.3cms) across and it weighs 2.9 grams.
The medal sits within a pierced surround joining at four points.
On the front is a beautifully sculpted image of St. George slaying the dragon. The detail is wonderful right down to St George’s features and armour. The horse and dragon are also superbly depicted. At the top inscribed in Latin ‘Georgius Equitum Patronus’ – George Patron of Horsemen. There is a very faint signature at lower left.
On the reverse is another fabulous image of a Viking ship’ riding out a storm on a rough ocean waves. Around the top edge is a banner with the inscription ‘In Tempestate Securitas’ – Safe in a Storm.
At the top is a ring and this holds a larger bail for a chain. The ring must originally have carried the maker’s mark but has been scraped away. No doubt this was to discover whether it was solid gold!
The gold fill really glows and generally this lovely medal is in great condition. It will arrive in a gift box.
French Circa 1900-1910 St George and Dragon Gold Filled Medal
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