Sterling Silver Saint George's Cross Button Lapel Pin
Sterling Silver Cross of Saint George Button Lapel Pin
Item Code: StGPIN
Size Maltese Cross: 15.8mm
Weight (Silver): 3.6g
Material: .925 Sterling Silver
Enamel: EFCOLOR Transparent Red
Finding: .925 Clutch Back (NOT Handmade)
Come in smart Red Leatherette Box with a Certificate from the Malta Crafts Council and a leaflet (shown) explaining the history of the cross.
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n heraldry, Saint George's Cross, also called the Cross of Saint George, is a red cross on a white background, which from the Late Middle Ages became associated with Saint George, the military saint, often depicted as a crusader.
Saint George died on the 23rd of April 303. Also known as George of Lydda, he was a Christian who is venerated in Christianity as a saint. According to tradition he was a soldier in the Roman army, of Cappadocian Greek origin and a member of the Praetorian Guard for Roman emperor Diocletian. He was sentenced to death for refusing to recant his Christian faith. He became one of the most venerated saints and megalomartyrs in Christianity, and he has been especially venerated as a military saint since the Crusades.
There was a legend that he had miraculously assisted Godfrey of Bouillon and that Richard the Lionheart had placed himself under his protection. According to legend, the crusaders received miraculous help at the siege of Antioch on 28 June 1098 from a great army on white horses, clothed in white and bearing white banners, led by St George, St Demetrius, and St Mercurius. However, there was no association of the red cross with St George before the end of the crusades.
The red cross in particular was associated with the Knights Templar, from the time of the Second Crusade (1145), but in 1188 red and white crosses were chosen to identify the French and English troops in the "Kings' Crusade" of Philip II of France and Henry II of England, respectively.
Together with the Jerusalem Cross, the plain red-on-white became a recognizable symbol of the crusader from about 1190, and in the 13th century it came to be used as a standard or emblem by numerous leaders or polities who wanted to associate themselves with the crusades.
Genoa has used the cross as their flag since at least 1218, though it’s thought its use in the Italian north dates back to at least 1113 – King Richard I of England (Richard the Lionheart) is believed to have adopted St. George’s Cross as his flag during his crusades from the Italian city. The Cross of St. George has over the years been adopted on numerous National and military flags around Europe.
- Negative of Maltese Cross pattern is laser printed on blue PnP paper.
- The negative is then heat transferred onto a polished silver sheet.
- Silver sheet is suspended upside down in Ferric Nitrate Solution.
- Exposed areas of the pattern are etched away over a period of hours.
- When the desired depth is reached the patterns are punched out.
- Item is constructed, sanded down, cleaned and polished.
- Colour is added by applying EFCOLOR enamel to the etched areas.
- Enameling is repeated 2 or 3 times to get desired depth.
- Item is cleaned of excess enamel and given a final thorough polish.