Antique 18th century Armenian Gold Gilt Silver Filigree Jeweled Reliquary Cross Khachkar

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A rare, antique, 18th century, Armenian, (Ottoman Empire) gold gilt silver, filigree jeweled reliquary cross pendant in the distinctive form of an Armenian Khachkar cross.

The cross pendant has a box-like structure designed to hold a relic. It comprises several separate elements of elaborate silver-gilt delicate filigree work, created with excellent precision by twisting and soldering wires with a scrolling pattern. The pendant has pearl-shaped knobs set with various colored faceted paste jewels.

The upper half of the cross is hinged and secured with a locking pin at the base. The top is fitted with a loop and a delicate twisted silver chain for suspension.

NOTE: The rich and diverse history of Armenia has produced a variety of exquisite and unique antiques that are highly valued by collectors and enthusiasts worldwide. These antiques are rare and difficult to come by, making them a prized possession for those lucky enough to acquire them.


1.An 18th century Armenian filigree cross of similar Khachkar form is published in the book Treasures of Etchmiadzin Էջմիածնի Գանձեր; Сокровища Эчмиадзина by Mania Khazaryan and Vartares Karaguezian. Please see the last picture in the listing

2. For related Armenian jeweled silver-gilt crosses made in the same filigree technique, please see: Rescued Armenian Treasures from Cilicia: Sacred Art from the Museum in Antelias, Lebanon. by Hermann Goltz. Page: 98,99 ,117.

The buyer will be provided with a copy of the pages from the mentioned references, together with a certificate of authenticity.

DIMENSIONS: including suspension loop: 77 mm x 62 mm x 16 mm (3.03 inches x 2.44 inches x 3/8 in x 0.53 inches).

Chain's length (folded): 39 cm (15.35 inches).

WEIGHT: 64 grams, including chain.

CONDITION: In its original condition, showing age and usage, the gold gilding is slightly worn with an old dark patina. No repairs or restorations.

Since the pictures were taken under studio lighting, the cross is darker and not as bright as in the photos.

Please see the pictures in the listing since they are part of the description of the object's condition.

Item Details

Reference #:
Antiques (approx100yrs)
18th century
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Gold Gilt Silver Filigree