Vintage Sterling Silver Saint Christopher Medallion Pendant
You are looking at a medallion pendant showing Saint Christopher, the patron saint of travellers, carrying a small child (baby Jesus Christ) on his shoulder, with a walking staff in the other hand. The sculpture is inset in a larger oval, 2 3/8 inches (6 cm) high and 1 3/8 inches (3.5 cm) wide. The oval rim is about 3/16 inches (about 5 mm) across. Around the outer oval at the top is the inscription "Saint Christopher" and around the bottom is the inscription "Protect us". There are also two crosses inscribed on the sides of the oval rim, at about the level of the ground/horizon in the scupture, where the inset sculpture becomes open in the upper part.
This is a very large, heavy pendant. It weighs 23 grams on my postal scale.
The back side is unpolished, with a grooved pattern. There is a mark stamped in the metal which identifies the piece, "M. DE JEAN" on the top line, and "STERLING" under that. M. De Jean made various pendants, charms, crosses, and medals from the 1950's up until about 1979 or 1980.
Here are some photos and scans of the medallion pendant. The rule and the coin are to show scale and size.
Here is the front of the pendant:
And here is a photo and a scan of the back of the pendant/medallion:
Finally, here's a very close up scan of the markings on the back of the outer rim.
24 Inch Continuous Metal Chain
This sterling silver pendant is on a very nice, shiny metal chain that is 24 inches long. There is no clasp, and there's not even a ring to join the chain. The chain is one continuous piece of chain with no variation anywhere along the length. The chain is made of some kind of ferrous metal, and is magnetic. The weight of the chain is about 9 grams, and that weight is in addition to the 23 gram weight of the sterling silver pendant. The entire item weighs 32 grams including the pendant and the chain.
This item has been carefully packed in a custom made corrugated cardboard carrier, which has been put in a water tight ziplock bag and packed inside a bubble envelope. It will be sent as a first class package, or you might choose to have it shipped Express Mail for an additional charge. If the item sells for over $40, I'll make it shipping included (eBay calls this "free shipping") for First Class delivery. If the auction ends before I update the shipping, and it ends over $40, please request an invoice before paying.
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This item is for Action on eBay now, and the auction will be completed November 28, 2012.