Featured Need help identifying a large silver cross.

Discussion in 'Jewelry' started by LittleLACollector, Apr 12, 2023.

  1. Hi, This beautiful cross was at the bottom of a jewelry lot from an online estate sale. Also in the box was a beautiful vintage hand strung Navajo Pearl necklace. I am trying to determine if it may be native American. It looks to me too large to wear as a necklace and may be part of a spiritual leaders outfit. It measures 4 1/4" x 3 1/3" and has lots of cross hatching on the back with a small cc or figure 8 maybe? Any help identifying or pointing me in the right direction would be greatly appreciated.
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  2. wlwhittier

    wlwhittier Well-Known Member

    I think it is to be worn...as a Pectoral Cross.
    It looks sand-cast, or tufa-cast...perhaps NA?
  3. evelyb30

    evelyb30 Well-Known Member

    Not NA, but the back does look sandcast.
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  4. Any Jewelry

    Any Jewelry Well-Known Member

    Ditto. There are so many different NA crosses, from several different areas, this could certainly be one of them.
    Whoever made it, it is an impressive cross.
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  5. stracci

    stracci Well-Known Member

    I think it is NA, made for the local priest.
    The way the bail is soldered on and the stamping seem indicative of southwestern Native work.
    Just my opinion.
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  6. evelyb30

    evelyb30 Well-Known Member

    THe design didn't "smell" NA to me, but when you're dealing with a one-off anything's possible. I can see a Priest wearing that easily enough.
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