Sterling Silver deValette Sword and Maltese Cross Cufflinks
deValette Sword and Maltese Cross Cufflinks in Sterling Silver
MADE TO ORDER
Item Code: DVSCUFF01
This is the sword wielded by Grand Master Jean de Valette in the defence of the island during the Great Siege of Malta in 1565. Tradition has it that the Grand Master upon victory over the Ottoman Turks placed his personal side-sword and hat in the chapel of Our Lady of Damascus as an ex voto [offering] for the conclusion of the Great Siege of 1565.
What many people do not know is that this sword has been in Malta, and exhibited to the public for all these years. While documentary evidence for or against this tradition is limited, there is no doubt that both artefacts, currently displayed in the Oratory of St. Joseph in Birgu (Vittoriosa), date back to the right time period.
Following the success of the lapel pin and pendants which were originally created for the Malta Historical Fencing Association, the next logical step was the creation of a set of matching cufflinks.
At 2cm in length the swords are half the size of the pin and yet retain all the same details. Again the swords are crafted from eight separate pieces although this time they rest on a silver base for support. The Maltese Cross Button is cut by hand from an individual piece of silver sheet and then curved into shape.