I am trying to find the age of a silver cross that I have found on a site that had a benedictine priory on it from 1149 to 1540.

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I believe that clues to its age are the use of a two bar Patriarchal Cross with "IHC" on the top bar.

Jesus' head is bowed

No wound mark in the abdomen, although wound marks on the hands and feet.

I would appreciate any advice as to age that you could provide.

Thanks Kev Johnstone

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  • A Cross with a Corpus on it, is a Crucifix. – Ken Graham Jan 3 '18 at 20:27
  • Thanks Ken, any ideas on age? – Kevin Johnstone Jan 3 '18 at 20:48
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    If it is from a Benedictine site, have you reached out to any Benedictine monasteries? Try Ampleforth Abbey in England or even Portsmouth Abbey in the US. Email the abbot. They should point you in the right direction and be interested in your project. – guest37 Jan 4 '18 at 4:33
  • Did you just happen upon it while searching, or did you plan on finding something like this? Just curious. – matheno Jul 28 '18 at 1:50

just an update on the cross I found.

The British Museum have reviewed it and come back with their findings. It is taking an age to further process due to Covid. The artefact has been declared as treasure. They however appear a little lost in defining it's exact age, given the age mix of the design attributes/styles.

They are not aware of anything else which is similar. Some attributes are "romanesque", some are akin to 13th Century design, some potentially 16th Century design. They do believe that it was once gilded with trace elements of mercury and gold having been found on it. The silver content is 93-95%. The loop has a lower lead level than the rest which suggests that although it was added later, it was not much later. They have declared the age to be anywhere from 1200-1700, even though their are Romanesque attributes.

As it is more than 10% precious metal and at least 300 years old, they have classed it as an item of treasure, under the Treasure Act of 1996. The cross is with the coroner waiting to have its day in court when they will decide if it will be compulsory purchased by the Museum or returned to the finder and Land Owner. I will update the page with the findings of the proceedings when they finally take place.

Kev J.

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    Such a great find!! Thanks for coming back and finishing the story. – Kris Dec 12 '20 at 14:37

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