Sterling Silver filigree Maltese Cross brooch Italy. Handmade in Vicenza Italy by Mingardi Danilo. Very large Size: 8.2cm or 3.25". Pre Loved. This is an amazing collectors piece.
Locking C clasp securing the brooch works well. The Brooch has a bar at the back so that it can also be worn as a pendant. Hallmark * 1044 VI in a polygon shape and 925 in an oval cartouche shape. www.silvercollection.it/SILVERSMITHSVI1.html Weight 14 grams.
The Laws 30 January 1968 (Legge 30 gennaio 1968 n. 46) and 30 December 1970 n. 1496 (D.P.R. 30 Dicembre 1970 n. 1496) introduced new hallmarks for silver and precious metals. The mark was modified to a polygonal shape and a star was added on the left.
Numbers and Province letter were maintained. Purity degree 925, 835 and 800 per thousand were allowed and inscribed into an oval outlined mark. Silver fineness 835/1000 is very rarely used. This system is still in use today.