Silver 917 filigree Maltese Cross Brooch 4.5cm Antique.
Hallmarks Maltese Cross symbol, 917 and letter F (for 1942) on C clasp.
Excellent condition. Hand-made.
917 is the purity of the silver per law n243 instituted in 1832 (coin silver).
This Brooch pre-dates the USA adopting the Sterling Standard of 925.
The eight points of the Maltese Cross means - Loyalty, Piety, Frankness, Bravery, Glory and honour, Contempt of death, Helpfulness towards the poor and the sick, Respect for the church.