SAXON SILVERED CROSS
9th-10th century. Silvered bronze, just under 1" high. Cylindrical beams with globular terminals. The cross beam above center. The center with a faint saltire one side. The back concave. Silver restored and mounted on a modern sterling silver chain. Saxons were late to accept Christianity and did so only after their defeat by Charlemagne in the early 9th century. It's possible that these crosses were worn as an indication of that acceptance and by extension, submission to Carolingian rule.