The Maltese Cross was officially adopted by the Order of the Knights Hospitallers of St. John in 1126. The eight points on the cross denote the eight obligations of the order of St. John, namely “to live in truth, have faith, repent one’s sins, give proof of humility, love justice, be merciful, be sincere and whole-hearted, and to endure persecution." Then in 1888, Queen Victoria recognized the Order of St. John and the fact that they were carrying out very substantial charitable activities, making the maltese cross a popular theme in antique jewelry eras to come.
Featuring floral etching and sensual watch chain detail, this English example boasts ball top prongs and a Maltese cross clasp inscribed "Sam."
Materials and Features: 9k gold
Age/Origin: Eglish, Victorian, c. 1860
Measurements: 18.8 grams, 6"
Condition: Excellent condition for age, wear to the chain is mild, some solder present and visible on the face of the medallion, please have a look at the photos. Minor associated age wear.
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