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The True Cross of Jesus Christ Collection

The True Cross is the name for physical remnants which, by the Church tradition, are believed to originate from the Cross upon which Jesus was crucified. The Empress Helena, mother of Constantine I, the first Christian Emperor of Rome, travelled to the Holy Land in 326–28, where she discovered the hiding place of three crosses that were believed to be used at the crucifixion of Jesus and of two thieves, St. Dismas and Gestas, executed with him, and a miracle revealed her which of the three was the True Cross. Fragments of the Cross were broken up, and the pieces were widely distributed; in 348, in one of his Catecheses, Cyril of Jerusalem remarked that the "whole earth is full of the relics of the Cross of Christ." Most of the very small relics of the True Cross in Europe came from Constantinople after the city was captured and sacked in 1204 during the Fourth Crusade. They were carved up by the present bishops and divided with other very Precious Relics among the knights; who, after their return to the homeland, donated them to churches and monasteries. Relics of the True Cross are considered to be the most important Relics of the Christiandom and are highly venerated by all Christian denominations. 

Spectacular reliquary with an important relic of the True Cross of Jesus Christ

Spectacular Baroque faceted crystal-fronted silver cruciform reliquary decorated by stones of colored glass and housing significant relic from the Wood of the True Cross of Jesus Christ. The substantial relic consisting of three separate large pieces is identified on a bicolor manuscript cedulae labels reading clockwise DNJC  (Our Lord Jesus Christ). On the back, the reliquary is secured with a perfectly preserved seal of red Spanish wax bearing an imprint of a coat of arms of Fr. Placido Zurla, O.S.B. Cam., († 1834), Cardinal Vicar of Rome and Cardinal-Priest of the Basilica of the Holy Cross in Jerusalem in Rome. 

  • ID# 217-RSCR-28
  • Size 7 1/2 x 5 1/4 inches (190 x 135 mm)
  • Age ca. first third of the 19th century
  • Origin Vatican
  • Materials silver. crystal, glass, silk
  • Price Price upon request
  • Silver
  • Orthodox Cross

Important reliquary with large relics of the True Cross of Jesus Christ

Opulent 18th-century Baroque reliquary monstrance of giltwood decorated with Arma Christi (Instruments of Passion) and housing very large and important relics from the wood from the True Cross of Jesus ChristThe relics are displayed in a  glass-fronted cruciform cavity located in the center of the monstrance and identified on a paper cedula label as  De Ligno S. Crucis DNJC  (of the wood from the Holy Cross of Our Lord Jesus Christ). On the back, the cavity is secured by four seals of red wax with a perfectly preserved imprint of a coat of arms of Antonio Paganini, Vicar General to Giuseppe Saporiti (+1767), Archbishop of Genoa (1746-1767). Fit for public veneration.

  • ID# 189-RSCR-18
  • Size Reliquary is 37 cm (14 1/2 in) high
  • Age ca. Mid-18th century
  • Origin Italy
  • Materials Gilt wood
  • Price Price upon request
  • Orthodox Cross

Reliquary with relic from the Titulus Crucis (INRI) of the True Cross of Jesus

Spectacular 18th-century Baroque silver reliquary decorated with silver filigree wire ornamentation and housing under a plate of thick rock crystal significant ex Titulus Crucis  (from the Inscription board on the True Cross) relic of Christ's Passion.  The substantial relic measuring approximately 7 x 5 mm is affixed to a silk background decorated with paperolle and identified on a fancy-cut manuscript cedula as De Tabula Tituli Crucis DN [JC[ (From the Titulus tablet of the Cross of Our Lord Jesus Christ). On the back, over another plate of rock crystal, the relic is secured with a perfectly preserved seal of red Spanish wax bearing an imprint of a coat of arms of Fr. Giuseppe Mancini (†1855), Archbishop of Siena (1824-1855).  The seal is a later re-certification in place of a lost original 18th-century authentics. 

  • ID# 180-RSCR-24
  • Size 195 x 111 mm (7 3/4 x 4 1/4 in)
  • Age ca. 18th century
  • Origin Siena, Italy
  • Materials silver
  • Price Price upon request
  • Silver
  • Orthodox Cross

Large reliquary theca with relic of the True Cross, the Virgin Mary, the Holy Family, Apostles & Catholic Saints

Large oval double-glass-paneled silver reliquary theca dating to the middle of the 18th-century housing relics of 12 important saints centered around particles from the Wood of the True Cross of Jesus Christ arranged in a cruciform shape. The theca contains relics of the following saints: Of the Vest of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Her spouse St. Joseph, St. Joachim and St. Anne – parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary, St. John the Baptist, St. Zachariah and St. Elizabeth – parents of St. John the Baptist, St. John the Baptist, St. Louis, King of France, St. Peter the Apostle, St. Paul the Apostle, St. Hiacinth of Poland, and St. Aloysius de Gonzaga. 

The relics are affixed to a red stamped metal background decorated around the border with natural pearls and identified in Latin on fancy manuscript cedulae labels. On the back, the theca is secured with a perfectly preserved seal of red Spanish wax bearing an imprint of an unidentified Roman Catholic Archbishop.  Comes in an original silk-lined case of Florentine leather decorated with stamped and gilt ornamentation. 

  • ID# 35-RSSR-15
  • Size 13 x 11 cm (5 x 4 1/2 inches)
  • Age ca. mid-18th century
  • Origin France?
  • Materials silver, glass, silk, leather, wax
  • Price Price upon request

Large Russian Staurotheke Icon with Brass Cross and Icons

Large fully gilt staurotheke / iconotheke icon from the Ural mountains school depicting (painted top) Saint Charalambos, Saint Nicholas, and Saint Blaise. Near the cross: Saint Mary and Saint Martha, Mother of God; Saint John and Saint Longinus. Bronzes: a Crucifix cross, (two of) Joy to All Who Sorrow Mother of God, Our Lady of Tikhvin, and Saint George. Five selected border saints.

 

  • ID# 01-CZ38-25
  • Size 21 1/4 in x 18 1/2 in (54 cm x 47 cm)
  • Age ca. 1890, Navyansk school, Old Believer's workshop
  • Materials Egg tempera on gilt and gessoed wood with brass inserts
  • Price Price upon request

Reliquary monstrance with 2 relics of the Passion - the True Cross and the Holy Shroud

Elegant 19th century Baroque reliquary monstrance of parcel gilt and whitewashed wood housing two significant relics of ​the Christ's Passion: of the wood from the True Cross and of the material from the Holy Shroud. The relics are displayed in a  grass-fronted cavity located in the center the monstrance and identified on a fancy-cut paper cedula label as  De Ligno + DN  (of the wood [from the True Cross] of Our Lord) and De Sindone DN (of the Shroud of Our Lord). On the back, the cavity is secured by four seals of red wax with a perfectly preserved imprint of a coat of arms of Fr. Giovanni Francesco Capelletti (†1831), Bishop of Ascoli Piceno (1806-1831). Fit for a for public veneration.

  • ID# 147-RSCR-25
  • Size 12 1/2 in (32 cm) high
  • Age ca. first third of the 19th century
  • Origin Italy
  • Materials gilt wood
  • Price Price upon request
  • Orthodox Cross

Reliquary monstrance with 3 relics of the Passion of Christ - True Cross, Holy Thorn & Column of Flagellation

Large 18th-century reliquary monstrance housing relics of Christ's Passion: of the Wood from the True Cross, of the Holy Thorn from the Crown of Thorns, and of the Column of FlagellationThe relics are displayed in two grass-fronted cavities located in the center and the base of a cruciform monstrance of gilt wood. They are identified on a paper cedula labels as (top)  Ligno SS. Cruc. D. J. / Columna D. J. ([of] the Wood [from] the Most Holy Cross of Our Lord Jesus Christ / [of] the Column of Flagellation of Our Lord Jesus Christ) and (bottom) as De Spina D. N. J. C. ([of] the Thorn of Our Lord Jesus Christ). On the back, the cavities are secured by four seals of red wax with a perfectly preserved imprint of a coat of arms of Fr. Aloisio Buonamici (†), Bishop of Volterra (1782-1791). Fit for a large place of public veneration. 

  • ID# 143-RSCR-22
  • Size Reliquary: 42 cm / 16 1/2 inches high
  • Age ca. late 18th century, Italy
  • Materials gilt wood
  • Price Price upon request
  • Orthodox Cross

Large gilt wood reliquary with relics of the True Cross of Jesus Christ

A large ca. 18th century cruciform altar reliquary monstrance of gilt wood housing relics from the wood from the True Cross of Jesus ChristThe relics are displayed in a  glass-fronted  cavity located in the center of the monstrance where they are affixed in a cruciform shape to the background of red silk. On the back, under a protective lid, the cavity is secured by a seal of red wax with a perfectly preserved imprint of a coat of arms of an unidentified Roman Catholic Bishop.  Suitable for public veneration.

  • ID# 33-RSSR-15
  • Size 23 1/2 inches (60 cm) tall
  • Age ca. 18th century
  • Origin France
  • Materials Gilt wood, glass, silk
  • Price Price upon request
  • Orthodox Cross

Monstrance reliquary with relic of the True Cross of Jesus Christ

Elaborate Baroque 18th-century monstrance of gilt wood with crossed Arma Christi surmounted by carved wooden canopy containing oval silver glass-fronted theca housing relic of the Passion of Jesus Christ: particles of the Wood from the True Cross. The relics are mounted in cruciform shape on a background of red silk and surrounded by gold burst and twisted silver wire decoration. They are identified on elaborately cut out paper cedula label as Ex Lingo SS-mae Crucis D.N.J.C. (From the wood of the Most Precious Cross of Our Lord Jesus Christ). The theca is authenticated on the back with perfectly preserved red wax seal of Francesco Gaetano Incontri (†1781), the Archbishop of Florence (p. 1741-1781). 

  • ID# 122-LCD-12
  • Size Monstrance: 42 x 17 cm
  • Age ca. third quarter of the 18th century, Italy
  • Materials gilt wood monstrance and silver theca
  • Price Price upon request
  • Silver
  • Orthodox Cross

Fancy silver theca with relics of the True Cross and Apostles of Christ

18th-century oval silver double-crystal reliquary theca decorated on the top with bow-shaped silver wire ornamentation and housing relics of the Twelve Apostles of Christ centered around the relic of the True Cross. The relics are affixed to a gold silk background decorated with gilt paperolle, silver wire, and floral ornamentation and identified on manuscript cedulae labels as St. Peter the Apostle, St. Paul the Apostle, St. Andrew the Apostle, St. James the Great the Apostle, St. Philip the Apostle, St. [Jude] Thaddeus the Apostle, St. Matthew the Apostle, St. Bartholomew the Apostle, St. Matthias the Apostle, St. Simon the Apostle, St. James [the Less] the Apostle, and St. Thomas the ApostleOn the back, the theca is secured with a well-preserved seal of red Spanish wax bearing an imprint of an unidentified Roman Catholic Bishop.

  • ID# 03-RSSR-1
  • Size 110 x 67 mm
  • Age ca. 18th century
  • Origin Italy
  • Materials silver, crystal
  • Price Price upon request
  • Silver
  • Orthodox Cross

1883 Documented crystal theca with relics of the True Cross of Jesus Christ

Fancy 18th-century double-crystal silver-set reliquary housing large particle relics of wood from the True Cross of Jesus ChristThe relics are displayed in cruciform shape under faceted rock crystal glass framed by an elaborate ornamental frame. The theca is protected by a seal of red wax with a perfectly preserved imprint of a coat of arms of Monsignor Adolphe-Louis-Albert Cardinal Perraud C.O. (†1906), Archbishop of Autun–Chalon-sur-Saône–Mâcon–Cluny, France (1874–1884), and Superior General of Société de l’Oratoire de Jésus (1884–1901). It comes with a re-certification document issued by Monsignor Perraud in 1884 with an additional hand-written and sealed certification on the right margin dated 1889.

  • ID# 230-RSCR-11
  • Size 75 x 50 mm ( 2 3/4 x 2 inches)
  • Age Reliquary - ca. 18th century, recertification and document 1889
  • Origin Autun, France
  • Materials crystal, silk, paper, beads, Spanish wax
  • Price Price upon request
  • Silver
  • Orthodox Cross

Documented reliquary with relics of the True Cross of Jesus Christ

Substantial oval glass-fronted silvered metal reliquary theca housing relics from the Holy Wood of the True Cross of Jesus Christ. The relics are affixed to a red silk background in a cruciform shape and identified on a paper cedula in the upper part as D.N.J.C. (Domini Nostri Jesus Christi  - Our Lord Jesus Christ)On the back, under the protective cap, the theca is protected by a seal of red wax with a clear imprint of a coat of arms of fr. Giovanni Tommaso Neuschel (†) in a capacity of Bishop of Parma (1843 - 1852)The reliquary is accompanied by a matching authentics document issued and signed by fr. Neuschel in 1845. 

  • ID# 15-RSMB-125
  • Size 46 x 36 mm
  • Age ca. 1845
  • Origin Parma, Italy
  • Price $5,750
  • Orthodox Cross

Fine Silver Pectoral Cross with Relics of Christ's Passion: of the Cross, of the Scepter, of the Sponge, Sweat Cloth, of the Crown of Thorns, of the Spear, of the Nail

A fine 18th-century silver pectoral cross housing seven precious relics of Christ's Passion centered around a relic of the True Cross. The relics are placed in the inner compartments covered by a hinged lid  held in place by a silver capped screw and identified in Latin on typeset cedulae labels as:

  1. S. Spinensis Coronae D.N.J.C. - of the Crown of Thorns of our Lord Jesus Christ
  2. S. Sceptrum D.N.J.C. - of the Reed Scepter  of our Lord Jesus Christ
  3. [of the Wood of the True Cross of our Lord Jesus Christ]
  4. S. Sudarii D.N.J.C. - of the Sweat Cloth (the Veil of Veronica) of our Lord Jesus Christ
  5. S. Hasta D.N.J.C. - of the Spear of our Lord Jesus Christ
  6. S. Spongia D.N.J.C. - of the Holy Sponge of our Lord Jesus Christ
  7. S. Clav. D.N.J.C. - of the nail [from the Cross] of our Lord Jesus Christ
  8. The last relic is unfortunately lost

The cross has a depiction of Christ on the front and back and is hallmarked on the ends of the cross's arms with an 18th-century mark of a silversmith from Napoli, Italy.

  • ID# 22-RSSR-16
  • Size 124 x 77 mm (4 1/2 x 2 3/4 in)
  • Age ca. 18th century
  • Origin Napoli, Italy
  • Materials silver, glass
  • Price Price upon request
  • Silver
  • Orthodox Cross

18th century reliquary theca with relic of the True Cross of Jesus Christ.

Spectacular 18th century double-rock crystal cruciform reliquary decorated by fine silver wire border and housing substantial particles of the True Cross of Jesus Christ. Authenticated with red seal of Spanish wax with inprint of a coat of arms of a Catholic Bishop and housed in original fitted tooled leather diamond-shaped case.

  • ID# 97-RSCR-9
  • Size reliquary: 53 x 31 mm, relics: 21 x 10 mm
  • Age ca. 18th century, Italy
  • Materials crystal in leather case
  • Price $5,500
  • Orthodox Cross

1803 Vatican documented reliquary with relics of the True Cross of Jesus Christ

A double-crystal silver-set reliquary housing sizable particle relics of wood from the True Cross of Jesus Christ. The relics are displayed in cruciform shape under faceted rock crystal glass.  On the back, the reliquary is secured with a seal of red Spanish wax bearing an imprint with a coat of arms of Cardinal Giulio Maria Cardinal della Somaglia (†1830), Cardinal-Priest of Santa Maria sopra Minerva and Vicar General of the Vatican under Pope Pius VII. The relic is accompanied by the original matching authentics document issued by Monsignor della Somaglia in 1803.

  • ID# 75-RSMBR-5
  • Size 42 x 31 mm
  • Age ca. 1803
  • Origin Vatican
  • Materials crystal, silver, silk, paper, Spanish wax
  • Price Price upon request
  • Orthodox Cross

Greek Icon - Crucifixion of Christ with Mourners

A Greek icon is depicting crucified Christ flanked by mourning Mary, Mother of Jesus and St. John the Apostle. Behind them the walls of Jerusalem. Finely executed on a gold ground.

  • ID# 475-HGi-8
  • Size 14 1/2 x 12 in (36.7 x 30.3 cm)
  • Age ca. 19th century.
  • Origin Greece
  • Materials Oil on gilded wood panel
  • Price $3,750
  • Orthodox Cross

Reliquary theca with relics of Jesus Christ - the True Cross and the Holy Bread

Substantial 18th century oval glass-fronted reliquary theca housing two Holy Relics of the Christ's life and Passion. Behind glass, the relics are covered in paper and identified in 18th century ductus as De ligno Crucis et / de pane quando satianis (from the True Cross and Bread that Satisfied ). On the back, the theca is secured with perfectly preserved seal of red Spanish wax bearing an imprint of a coat of arms of Fr. Enrique Laso de la Vega (†1729), Titular Bishop of Thaumacus (1728-1729).

  • ID# 188-RSCR-7
  • Size 65 x 54 mm
  • Age ca. first third of the 18th century
  • Origin Italy
  • Price $3,500
  • Orthodox Cross

Large theca with relics from the Wood of the True Cross of Jesus Christ

Large oval glass-fronted silver reliquary theca housing relics from the Holy Wood of the True Cross of Jesus Christ. The relics are affixed to a profusely decorated red silk background in a cruciform shape and identified on a paper cedula in the upper part as ex Lignum SS. Crucis. (from the Wood of the Most Holy Cross [of Our Lord Jesus Christ])On the back, under a protective cap, the theca is protected by a seal of red wax with a clear imprint of a coat of arms of a Catholic Cardinal

  • ID# 09-RSMB-45
  • Size 57 x 50 mm
  • Age ca. 1800, Italy
  • Materials brass
  • Price $3,250
  • Orthodox Cross

Russian Icon - The Crucifixion

The icon is depicting crucified Christ flanked by the Virgin Mary, St. Mary Magdalene, St. John the Theologian, and St. Longinus the Centurion.

  • ID# 246-104-075-SP7-7
  • Size 17 1/3 x 14 1/3 in (44 x 36 cm)
  • Age ca. 1900
  • Materials Egg tempera on gessoed wood
  • Price $1,200
  • Orthodox Cross

4-Panel Russian Icon: The Crucifixion and 4 Miracleworking Madonnas

Complex icon depicting the Crucifixion flanked by the Mother of God and St. John under God the Father, with four panels depicting Miracleworking Madonnas

  • ID# 78-102-96-SP6-11
  • Size 12 x 10 in (31 x 26 cm)
  • Age ca. 1900
  • Materials Egg tempera on silvered, tooled, and gessoed wood
  • Price $950
  • Orthodox Cross

The Staurotheke icon with Crucifix and 6 Family Saints

Staurotheke icon with affixed brass and enameled crucifix flanked by six selected family saints.

 

  • ID# 153-048-034-SP6-11
  • Size 13 3/4 x 11 3/4 in (35 x 30 cm)
  • Age ca. 1880's
  • Materials Egg tempera on silvered and gessoed wood with enameled brass insert
  • Price $950
  • Orthodox Cross

Russian four-part Icon with Crucifixion depicting Sooth My Sorrow Mother of God, Our Lady of Vladimir, Saint Nicholas, and Saint Seraphim of Sarovsk

Three border saints are: Saint John the Theologian, Saint Zinaida and Saint Justinia

  • ID# 120-024-108-L60i4-90
  • Size 12 1/4 in x 10 1/4 in (31 cm x 26 cm)
  • Age ca. 1870, Central Russia
  • Materials Egg tempera on gessoed wood
  • Price $900

Russian Icon - icon depicting the Crucifixion, Our Lady of Kazan, St. Nicholas, St. Michael, and St. George

Complex icon depicting the Crucifixion flanked by the Mother of God and St. John under God the Father, with four panels depicting Our Lady of Kazan (top left), St. Nicholas (top right), St. Michael the Archangel, Chief of the Heavenly Host (bottom left), and St. George Slaying the Dragon (Bottom right)

  • ID# 17-52-58-SP6-100
  • Size 13 3/4 x 11 3/4 in (35 x 30 cm)
  • Age ca. 1890s
  • Origin Icon painting village of Kholui
  • Materials Egg tempera on silvered and gessoed wood
  • Price $900
  • Orthodox Cross

Four-Panel icon depicting the Crucifixion, Our Lady of Kazan, Our Lady of the Unburnt Bush, St. Michael the Archangel and St. Nicholas,

  • ID# 207-078-101-SP6-1
  • Size 21 x 17 1/2 in (53 x 44 cm)
  • Age ca. 1900
  • Materials Egg tempera on silvered and gessoed wood
  • Price $900
  • Orthodox Cross

Staurotheke Icon with the Crucifixion, Mourners & Border Saints

  • ID# 37-066-110-SP7-2
  • Size 13 3/4 x 12 1/4 in (35 x 31 cm)
  • Age ca. 1890s
  • Materials Egg tempera on gilt wood with brass insert
  • Price $725
  • Orthodox Cross

Extra large Russian Orthodox brass Crucifix cross

Russian Orthodox eight-ended cross with a scene of the Crucifixion surmounted by two angels and image of the Holy Napkin.

  • ID# 3-DDMA-12
  • Size 20 cm x 38 cm (8 in x 16 in)
  • Age ca. 19th century Moscow region
  • Materials brass
  • Price $600

Russian Orthodox brass Crucifix cross with mourners, 4 Serphim, and selected Feasts

Russian Orthodox eight-ended cross with a scene of the Crucifixion with two rectangular panels (Crucifixion with the Mourners). On the left plate; mourning-Virgin Mary and St. Martha; on the right plate: St. John the Theologian and St. Martyr Longinus the Centurion; surmounted by 4 Seraphims over five scenes (clockwise left to right: The Presentation of our Lord, Entry into Jerusalem, The Resurrection, The Ascension, The Old Testament Trinity), two Angels, and God Father in Heaven.

 

  • ID# 2972-L60i2-35
  • Size 11 cm x 19 cm (4 1/2 in x 7 in)
  • Age ca. 18th century, Vyg, Northern Russia
  • Materials brass
  • Price $550

Russian Orthodox brass kiot crucifix cross with mourners

Russian Orthodox eight-sided cross surmounted by two Angels and God Father in Heaven with a scene of the Crucifixion with two rectangular panels (Crucifixion with the Mourners). On the left plate; mourning-Virgin Mary and St. Martha; on the right plate: St. John the Theologian and Saint Martyr Longinus the Centurion. 

 

  • ID# 06-DDMA-75
  • Size 11 cm x 19 cm (4 1/2 in x 7 in)
  • Age ca. 18th century, Vyg, Northern Russia
  • Materials brass
  • Price $500

Small Russian Orthodox brass Crucifix cross with Seraphim

Russian Orthodox high relief eight-ended cross with a scene of the Crucifixion surmounted by two angels and God the Father. Two Seraphim on the sides are typical of the workshops of the village of Guslitsi.

 

  • ID# 155-DDMA-3
  • Size 10 cm x 16 cm (4 in x 6 1/2 in)
  • Age ca. 19th century, Old Believer's workshop, village of Guslitsi
  • Materials brass
  • Price $275

Small Russian brass pectoral Old Believer's Crucifix cross

  • ID# 21-DDPbA-5
  • Size 6- mm x 32 mm (2 1/2 in x 1 1/2 in)
  • Age ca. 19th century Old Believer's Workshop, Vyg, Northern Russia
  • Materials brass
  • Price $175

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