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a wonderful collection of crosses and crucifixes


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PURCHASED AT AN ESTATE AUCTION
I am wondering if you might be able to help me identify these crosses.  My husband and I purchased them many years ago at an estate auction.  We were wondering how old they were, where they came from and what they were used for.  I have attached some images (hope you do not mind).  Any help you are able to provide would indeed be appreciated.   Thanks so much for any help you can offer.  Sandra Wolf
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4 HAND PAINTED MEDALLIONS
We have a lovely bronze or bronze wash plate with four hand painted medallions on each end.  Measures approximately 10-1/8" wide and 5-1/2" high.  It is not marked.  I was unsure of its use because of the 2 pieces that extend up on either end of the inside. 
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ANY THOUGHTS ON ERA?
What we are confused about is the circa date - would you know that information?  If not, could you possibly direct us to someone that would?   I was also very curious about the center plate - if anyone had been in contact with any information about it.
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OFTEN SEEN ON CRUCIFIXES
RW: When I first saw this, it reminded me of a drawer pull (handle missing) on a chest or cupboard of some kind - the 4 figures may represent the 4 Evangelists - the fact that it as been separated from its host, gives one time to ponder - remembering how churches were sacked and contents destroyed. Was this a souvenir of that times some one may have picked up from the destruction? Would love to know if anyone has any history on this rare piece.




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FLAT MEDALLIONS
The flat cross (center) measures 4" x 2-1/2" and the flat medallions measure 3-1/2" x 2". For more information on the Old Believers Icons see the links at bottom of page - also see the info below.
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TRAVELING ICONS
RW: The two square icons of our Lady (Usually Our Lady of Perpetual Help) have a great history dating back to the times of Peter the Great of Russia. (1672 -1725) Also  known as 'Traveling Icons'.   In 1723, Peter the Great forbid the casting of metal icons and they were banned in the process of ‘renewing the church’ during that period. Many believers chose not to recognize these changes and took on the metal Icons as their symbol for this reason. They are known as the 'Old Believers' to this day and still exist. 




~  SIX SMALL CROSSES ~ 

 5 SMALL CROSSES + 1
There are 5 small crosses - all of them open up.  We have never seen anything like them.  Variety of measurements from 1-5/8" x 1-3/4" to 2" x 1-1/2".  The cross with the green and red paste stones (lower left) measures approximately 2-3/8" x 1-3/4". 
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RELIQUARY CROSSES
RW: Your crucifixes that open are called 'Reliquarys' as they were made to contain sacred relics such as fragments of the true cross or relics of saints. (RELICS: 1st Class: bone of saint, 2nd Class: personal belonging or fragement, and 3rd Class: cloth touched to the body or belongings of saint.)




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IDENTIFYING THE SYMBOLS
 I cannot seem to place what language is carved onto the cross and am also trying to date the piece. It is a single piece of silver. I wrapped twine around the loop to strengthen it as the top of the loop was very very thin; I guess from it being worn for quite some time. 
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I believe that if I can identify the language, I might be able to find out how old it is and where it may have come from. The closest language I could match it to was Celtibrarian sp?. But I didn't think that was right because that language went out of use by the 6th century BC. 
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RUNIC SYMBOLS? 
A friend told me it looked like Runic symbols but I have no idea what they mean. If you can shed any light on this cross, it would be very appreciated. I can provide more pictures if you want them. Thanks, Brandon Kelly
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Brandon, when I first saw this close up I noted the right arm inscription which at first glance , I thought read 1717.  It reminded me of the dates on the old Penal Crosses and how they were scored.  The style, the way it was inscribed was similar. 
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CELTIBERIAN LANGUAGE?
So interesting you should mention Celtibrarian (Celt-iberian - a lost Celtic / Iberian language and alphabet.  (see wiki)  (Remember early trade with Ireland was common.) Spoken in Spain until about the 2c AD, locally as Latin took over. The Celtics who intermarried were called Celtiberians and many settled in th Pyrénées mountains.  Also see Hispano-Celtic or Gallaecian?
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Interesting to note the alphabet was traditioually used for sacred rites (religous) purposes.  And that near Zaragoza there is a 1c BC plaque inscribed in the Celtibrarian language.  Zaragoza is where Our Lady visited with St James the Great in 40 AD. 
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BASQUE LANGUAGE?
Again thinking of the Basque language - also close by in the Pyrénées mountains between Spain and France), roots lost in time, no idea where it came from  - although still spoken locally. (Mary spoke to Bernadette in Basque) Maybe someone out there bring this together for us?




~ RARE CRUCIFIX  ~

ANCIENT ROMAN BRONZE
I'm Jimmy from Indonesia. I've collected a crucifix for just a month.This is my first collection. Please kindly help me to inform the origins of the crucifix and the estimation of its age. I got it from eBay. The following is the information from the seller.
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ANCIENT, ROMAN BRONZE CRUCIFIX WITH CHRIST, FLORIAL BACK
NICELY DONE! SOLID! REMARKABLE STATE OF PRESERVATION! 300 - 500 AD!
A STUNNING EXAMPLE OF EARLY CHRISTIAN INFLUENCE  3-3/4 INCHES X  1-1/4 INCHES  (93.6mm X 58.7mm)  36.1 GRAMS  VERY NICE AND VERY RARE!
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If you have any other comment about the crucifix, please kindly share with me. Thanks a lot,
Jimmy
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ROSARY WORKSHOP
Jimmy, this is a beutiful crucifix.  You are very blessed to have it.  we have one similar but only dates back to 17c but of course could be much older, same basic shape with the budding ends and the corpus carved into the surface of the cross. Your seller has given you great information, but hopefully someone seeing it  will add more.




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HOW MANY HANDS
I was searching the Internet for information about a silver cross I own and noticed that you seem to have several similar items. Might you tbe able to tell me something more about the one I have from this description and the photo?  I am not trying to sell it but I had lent it to a friend-more religious than I- and when she returned it I again became interested in its history.
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 I have often thought that it is special and wonder how many hands it has gone through and how many lives it may have touched. I hope that if you do put it on your site that others will enjoy it as well.  Alexander\
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PURCHASED IN MEXICO -1968
Spanish Colonial Silver Cross approximately 2-1/2” by 4-1/2” with designs on both front and back and the figure of Christ attached at 3 points (hands and feet) with a flattened top 90 degrees from the cross body and a hole for hanging. The figure of Christ appears to be more worn and primitively made than the cross itself. I purchased this in 1968 in Mexico City and was told that it was made from coin silver and most probably originated in Peru. Thank you in advance for any help or information you can share.  Alexander Boeringa
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ROSARY WORKSHOP
I cant tell you much more than you already know, yes to Peru and suspect it is 18-19c. Very nice piece! Size is right for this kind of cross, especially nice when they carry a design on both sides. Coin silver yes! Thanks for sharing, would be a nice one for our site, would love image of back and front without ruler and any/all info as stated below, Blessings. Margot for guild



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OLD EUROPEAN CRUCIFIXES
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CAN YOU IDENTIFY THIS? (two skulls)
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