An incredible Victorian brooch in the shape of a Sailor's Cross; in other words, an anchor transformed into a cross with the addition of a horizontal crossbar. The body of the three-dimensional anchor is a cylinder of banded agate. The crossbar and fluked arms are delicately engraved silver. A silver chain wraps around the anchor ending with a teardrop of banded agate. The brooch is crowned by a silver bale and finished with a c-clasp. A fabulous antique jewel that marries fine craftsmanship with deep symbolism. Circa 1850.
The Sailor's Cross has its origins in early Christianity. It signifies hope or a fresh start.
Details.....The anchor measures 2.93" by 1.51", and the agate drop is 10.7mm by 18mm. In Very Good Antique Condition. You should always expect some wear on vintage and antique jewels; we consider it part of their charm.