2011/11/13

Papal cross with hidden space! (from the longest reigning pope in history)

Papal cross with hidden space!
(from the longest reigning pope in history)



Bishops cross with Coat of Arms of Pope Pius IX of Adin Antique Jewelry, Antwerp, Belgium

Two extraordinary characteristics in one piece of antique jewelry; a popal jewel and a hidden space!

To find an original piece of antique jewelry with papal arms is a very rare thing indeed, even for us. And then to find one which commemorates a unique situation in papal history is even more rare. The coat of arms on this cross belong to Pope Pius IX who was the longest reigning pope in history (31 years). This unique bishops cross is made in solid 18K warm yellow gold and bears on one side the papal coat of arms and on the other side a Latin text. This Latin text at the back explains that this cross was given to (arch)bishops at the pope's golden episcopal jubilee in 1877 (MDCCCLXXVII).

As the coat of arms is attached to the cross with little golden screws we decided to carefully open it and we found a secret place! With the closer examination of this well-hidden space we found that it was filled with some darker colored material (see picture in the describing page of this jewel). We did not want to touch it, so we do not know what it is but we wouldn't be surprised would it be some sort of relic. Normally we clean all jewelry before we offer it for sale but for obvious reasons we did not touch this jewel in order to leave it in its original condition.

Antiqualy yours,
The Adin team
www.adin.be
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