Sterling Silver & Guilloche Enamel St. Christopher Pendant On Chain c1920.
A beautiful example of a St. Christopher dating from around the 1920s, the Art Deco era. St. Christopher is the patron saint of travellers and is often worn as jewellery, carried on person or placed in the cars of Christians or anybody seeking protection and safe passage. The story goes that St. Christopher carried a small child safely on his shoulders though a high river. As they reached the other side the child announced himself to be Christ. The image of St. Christopher carrying Christ to safety is what we today call the St. Christopher. This example is a pendant, made from sterling silver, unmarked but tests as such. It has a fabulous guilloche enamel border in a stunning burnt orange colour. On the reverse of the pendant there's the name 'Marjorie' and date 1942 scratched into the metal, this gives it a wonderful personal feel in our opinion and an insight into the history of this lovely piece. There's also a stamp which is slightly rubbed and not fully legible but we believe it could once have read made in England. The pendant hangs on a sterling silver cable link chain that is fully hallmarked for sterling silver.
Chain 49.2 x 0.1 cm or 19.4 x 0.04 inches.
Pendant 2.8 x 1.8 x 0.1 cm or 1.1 x 0.7 x 0.04 inches.
Weight (combined) 7.8 grams or 5.0 penny weight.