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Mid 19th CenturyConstantine's CrossOil Lamp Locket


This highly unusual charm is modeled in the shape of a Roman oil lamp and enameled in white and blue with Constantine's cross aka the Chi Rho. The Chi Rho is an early christogram made up of the first two letters of the Greek word for Christos. Constantine, the first Roman Emperor to convert to Christianity, purportedly saw this symbol on the day before an important battle and dreamt that night the he was visited by Christ who told him this symbol would protect him in battle. He later incorporated this symbol into his military standard and after his death it became a part of the official imperial insignia of Rome. This weird, rare gold charm with a tiny locket on the back was almost certainly a souvenir trinket purchased on the Grand Tour. Hangs from a new 16" 14k gold chain.


  • Materials

    18k yellow gold, enamel, glass, new 14k gold chain

  • Age

    c. 1860

  • Condition

    Good - some minor blemishes to the enamel, a few dents on the underside

  • Size

    1 1/4" length including the bale, 5/8" at the widest point, 16" chain





please note:Terms of Sale

Antiques can be returned unworn and in original condition within 10 days of delivery for an exchange or refund minus the cost of shipping. Once a piece has been altered, including ring re-sizing, it is FINAL SALE.

RelatedHistory Lesson

Lockets:Magical, Medicinal, Memorial.

It’s hard to pinpoint when modern-day lockets were invented, but it’s believed that they evolved from ancient amulets.