ANTIQUE 19th CENTURY SOLID SILVER 84 RUSSIAN ORTHODOX ORNATE CROSS with ENAMELS

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Seller: Top-Rated Seller godblessyou21 (1,018) 100%, Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Ships to: US & many other countries, Item: 202456736181 Beautifully preserved, hand-made silver Russian Orthodox Cross pendant decorated with colored enamel inlays. Solid silver of likely Imperial Russian origin, bears the "84" silver hallmark, the Imperial Russian "Kokoshnik" mark print, and the "HA" ("N .A.") maker's mark, likely one of an Imperial Russian silversmith N. Alekseyev (late 19th - early 20th century). Traditional Russian Orthodox "body" Cross pendant featuring simple design and rich symbolic meaning. The images and inscriptions appear to be hand-carved or struck with hand tools of the silversmith. The cross is slightly bent, scratched and worn out due to its age and wearing, and covered with patches of silver patina. The obverse appears to be originally inlaid with two-colored enamel, green and white (partially preserved). The necklace loop/bale shows signs of repair at some point of the item's past history. The size of the pendant is shown on the photographs for this listing. Authentic antique symbol of Christian faith. The ends of the crossbars are "budded", with shapes of three circles, or "buds" each. In a Christian context, such a design could symbolically represent the Holy Trinity, similarly to the three-leaved clover, or Shamrock. The obverse of the cross pendant bears a Byzantine-like Suppedaneum cross surrounded by several inscriptions with Cyrillic letters. The three-bar cross is used in the Eastern Orthodox and some Eastern Catholic churches. Such a cross has three horizontal crossbeams: the top one represents the "INRI" nameplate, and the bottom one, a footrest. The footrest crossbeam is depicted pointing up, toward Heaven, on Christ's right hand side where the Penitent thief, St. Dismas was crucified. The top "budded" end of the vertical crossbar of the pendant bears a two-word abbreviated inscription in Church Slavonic meaning "KING OF GLORY" used in the Eastern Orthodox pectoral crosses as a nameplate in their top part. The left and right side "budded" ends of the central horizontal crossbar of the pendant bear the Sacred Name of Jesus Christ inscribed as the Greek Christogram, the "IC" on the left, and the "XC" on the right. The wider bottom crossbar end is decorated with floral ornament inlaid with green enamel creating a symbolic representation of a new growth coming from the Life-Giving Cross, and a reminder of Christ's preaching according to the Saint John's Gospel: "I am the vine; you are the branches" (John 15:5). The reverse of the cross pendant bears a two-letter abbreviation with Cyrillic letters "HA" ("N .A."), likely a maker's mark of an Imperial Russian silversmith Nikolai Alekseyev (late 19th - early 20th century), and the "84" hallmark of silver, which was the Imperial Russian standard for silver based on the ancient "zolotnik" unit. Next to the "84" hallmark, there is the "Kokoshnik" official assay mark of the Imperial Russia used on solid silver artwork since the late 19th century. The mark appears as a tiny profile of a woman's head with a Russian head dress named "Kokoshnik". Please examine all photographs carefully and do your own research if necessary. Please note that photographs are an important part of the item's description. The U.S. quarter coin, measuring meter, and decorative stone are not for sale, and are photographed with the item in order to provide a size reference and artistic background. Please ask all questions before making a purchase. There are no guarantees with the listing because most items are original vintage or antique objects that are quite old. All items are sold "as is" with no returns because of a change of mind offered. Shipping and handling is free for the continental US. International buyers, please ask me for a shipping quote prior to buying. Please note that customs regulations differ from country to country, and it is a buyer's responsibility to ensure that any customs fees or other duties collected by the buyer's country are paid and satisfied in full. Condition: Used, Condition: Beautifully preserved, hand-made silver Russian Orthodox Cross pendant decorated with colored enamel inlays. Solid silver of likely Imperial Russian origin, bears the "84" silver hallmark, the Imperial Russian "Kokoshnik" mark print, and the "HA" ("N .A.") maker's mark, likely one of an Imperial Russian silversmith N. Alekseyev (late 19th - early 20th century). Traditional Russian Orthodox "body" Cross pendant featuring simple design and rich symbolic meaning. The images and inscriptions appear to be hand-carved or struck with hand tools of the silversmith. The cross is slightly bent, scratched and worn out due to its age and wearing, and covered with patches of silver patina. The obverse appears to be originally inlaid with two-colored enamel, green and white (partially preserved). The necklace loop/bale shows signs of repair at some point of the item's past history. The size of the pendant is shown on the photographs for this listing. Authentic antique symbol of Christian faith., Country/Region of Manufacture: Unknown, Material: Solid silver "84" hallmark; enamels, Featured Refinements: Antique silver Orthodox Cross

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