EUROPEAN CRUSADER’S CROSS, 12TH CENTURY
The Lorraine cross with double cross beams in an oval surround. The form, size, and workmanship are specifically related to the Crusader's crosses bearing the Jerusalem cross in honor of Godfrey of Bouillon, a Frankish Knight of the First Crusade, known as Baron of the Holy Sepulcher and the Crusader King, ruler of the Kingdom of Jerusalem following its victorious siege in the First Crusade. It follows, then that this is a variation of the Crusader's cross, worn by a crusader more than 1000 years ago. Gilt bronze, just over 7/8" diameter. Surface lightly textured from burial with the detail well preserved. Professionally refurbished with the 24karat gold surface restored on an 18” gilt Sterling silver neck chain for modern wear.
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