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.
From the year 1800, this outrageous maltese cross is one of the most dramatic paste examples I’ve ever seen. Meant to immitate diamonds, this outstanding example truly sets the tone for crosses in this catagory.
Materials & Features: 9k gold (reverse), Sterling silver
Age/Origin: c. 1800, English
Measurements: 47mm, 8.71 grams
Condition: Excellent condition. Minor associated age wear. Original large scale bale
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