Antique Altar Cross, Beautiful Ornate French Altar Crucifix, Gilded Metal Cross, Ormolu Fixings, Napoleon III Era Circa 1860
Antique Altar Cross, Beautiful Ornate French Altar Crucifix, Gilded Metal Cross, Ormolu Fixings, Napoleon III Era Circa 1860
Antique Altar Cross, Beautiful Ornate French Altar Crucifix, Gilded Metal Cross, Ormolu Fixings, Napoleon III Era Circa 1860
Antique Altar Cross, Beautiful Ornate French Altar Crucifix, Gilded Metal Cross, Ormolu Fixings, Napoleon III Era Circa 1860
Antique Altar Cross, Beautiful Ornate French Altar Crucifix, Gilded Metal Cross, Ormolu Fixings, Napoleon III Era Circa 1860
Antique Altar Cross, Beautiful Ornate French Altar Crucifix, Gilded Metal Cross, Ormolu Fixings, Napoleon III Era Circa 1860
Antique Altar Cross, Beautiful Ornate French Altar Crucifix, Gilded Metal Cross, Ormolu Fixings, Napoleon III Era Circa 1860
Antique Altar Cross, Beautiful Ornate French Altar Crucifix, Gilded Metal Cross, Ormolu Fixings, Napoleon III Era Circa 1860
Antique Altar Cross, Beautiful Ornate French Altar Crucifix, Gilded Metal Cross, Ormolu Fixings, Napoleon III Era Circa 1860
Antique Altar Cross, Beautiful Ornate French Altar Crucifix, Gilded Metal Cross, Ormolu Fixings, Napoleon III Era Circa 1860

Antique Altar Cross, Beautiful Ornate French Altar Crucifix, Gilded Metal Cross, Ormolu Fixings, Napoleon III Era Circa 1860

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Antique Altar Cross, Beautiful Ornate French Altar Crucifix, Gilded Metal Cross, Ormolu Fixings, Napoleon III Era Circa 1860 42 Centimetres Tall

Due to their age examples of these classically designed French wooden altar crosses are often damaged or full of woodworm holes or the ends are chipped or lost. This one is in excellent condition.

I have not seen another example of this type of Napoleon III altar cross that it this ornate. A really lovely old cross.

The Corpus Christi itself is made from spelter which was originally gold washed. However, many many decades of devotion have all but eroded the gold wash. Having said that I think it looks far better as it is. This altar cross dates from around 1870. All the embellishments are from gilded metal.

This wonderful old cross stands 42 cm tall and is 20 cm wide.