This beautiful medal or charm celebrating the life of Saint Christian is French and bears the signature of the medallist, Lasserre, (1870-1943). He worked as an engraver around the turn of the century and at least until 1915.
This medal is made of 800-900 fineness of silver and bears the crab hallmark on the back of the top ring. There is also a diamond shaped maker’s mark. There is a bail attached for a chain. The reverse is blank.
It measures 9/16” (1.5cms) in diameter and weighs 1.6 grams.
On the front is a fine raised image of the eleventh century Saint Christian. Little is known about him except that he was a Polish evangelising monk. His group was attacked by thieves and he met his end by hanging. In this representation the handsome Christian has a very sad expression and clutches a disc. Behind him there are boulders.
At the base is the signature ‘Lasserre’.
This wonderful piece is an excellent testimony to the skill of the engraver. It is in lovely condition with just the light patina of age. It comes to you tissue wrapped in a gift box.
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