The meaning of this unusual late 19th century pendant cross is at first unclear, and had not been worked out by the dealer I bought it from. From my grammar school education, I knew that Rex,Lex,Lux,Dux is Latin, and can be taken to have a Christian meaning 'My King, My Law, My Light, My Leader' and appears in various arrangements of the words as the motto of several American colleges - Yale, Talladega College, Alabama, Idaho College, and The Order of St Luke the Physician. Whatever the arrangement of the words, they centre on 'X' the Greek 'Chi' the first letter of Christ's name in Greek. The cross tests as 15ct, and is in cloisonnée dark blue and mottled white enamel. The back is completely plain. The cross is just over 1 1/4 inch:33 mm across the arms.
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N.Bloom & Son was established by my maternal grandfather in 1912. I have run the business since 1971. I specialise in high-quality old jewellery, mostly late 19th and 20th century, of interesting and unusual design. After having a succession of shops in the West End over forty years, and having a achieved a high reputation and profile with the public, I decided to close my last shop in 2005, and now I trade solely over the internet, or by person-to-person contact with clients. I can be contacted by telephone 020 7629 5060, or from abroad 0044 20 7629 5060 or by email as below. Prices ncludes insured free-of-charge UK/Europe posting for any item, or free-of-charge sending by FedEx world-wide for any item over £500’
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