SCARCE ANTIQUE SILVER ROCK CRYSTAL 'TRUE CROSS' RELIC / RELIQUARY c1770
An antique, probably Italian silver gilt & faceted rock crystal Cross shaped reliquary, holding a fragment of the 'True Cross of Christ', with intact and original Bishop's seal and cord, and housed in its lozenge shaped box.
A scarce and most intriguing piece...so collectible!
CONDITION: Expected signs of wear commensurate with age - see pictures. Hook clasp to box snapped. Wax seal cracked & quite delicate. Relic dislodged but intact.
DATE/MARKS: 18th Century. Not marked.
DIMENSIONS: 45 x 30 mm (1 inch = 25.4 mm). To give an impression of scale, the coin is 19 mm or ¾ of an inch diameter.
WEIGHT: Approx. 6.8 grams unboxed.