This rare and original, large Victorian cross is made of Whitby jet. Following the death of Prince Albert in 1861 Whitby jet mourning jewellery became increasingly popular and fashionable.
The cross measures 2 and 5/8” (6,8cms), including the small brass ring, by 1 and 11/16” (4.3cms) across. It is 7mms thick and it weighs 8.6 grams.
The shiny, black cross is finely outlined. However the arms are carved with a decoration which looks like holly leaves.
I have examined the jet very carefully and there are a few tiny fleabites as you might expect on a piece of this age. However these are not immediately apparent to the naked eye.
Here is an opportunity to purchase a very rare and beautiful piece of religious Victoriana. It will arrive carefully presented in a gift box.
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