18th century, with original silver...
18th century, with original silver chain. Sterling silver gilded Orthodox necklace cross, with a three barred cross and Slavonic and Greek lettering on the front. On the reverse there is more Slavonic lettering. Size: 2 3/8” x 1 ½” (6 x 4 cm) cross, 15 ¾” (40 cm).
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The clasp is inscribed with ☧, the "Chi Rho" symbol of the early Christians, which is an image of the precious Cross depicted by means of the first two letters of "Christ" in Greek.