FINE EUROPEAN CRUSADER’S CROSS 1096-1291 AD
1096-1291. Circular, pierced with a cross potent, i.e. with "crutches" at the beam ends. That form is also known as the Crusader's cross, having been an element in the arms of Godfrey Bouillon which he wore during the First Crusade. Godfrey of Bouillon was 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. For that reason, it is also known as the Jerusalem Cross. This example is circular enclosing a symmetrical cross with the beam ends bearing drooping "crutches" and an incised detailed diamond at the center. It is over 7/8" in diameter (0.88-0.91") plus the intact suspension loop. Surface is worn and textured from burial. Professionally refurbished with the pure silver overlay restored, on an 18” modern Sterling silver neck chain. An actual pendant as worn by a crusader nearly 1000 years ago!
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