Necklace, Beads, Trade Silver, Hudson Bay Cross of Lorraine Pendant, Robert Cruikshank Hallmark, Faceted Green Vaseline Beads, Antique circa 1798-1801
DOUBLE D RANCH IS HONORED TO OFFER THIS ANTIQUE ROBERT CRUIKSHANK NECKLACE.
Robert Cruikshank was an extremely important Canadian (Montreal) Silversmith in the late 1700s/early 1800s. He supplied many fur traders heading West with silver items to trade for furs within the Hudson Bay company. Robert is well-documented as producing and trading his pieces from 1774 until 1809, when he reportedly died at sea.
This incredible antique necklace is dated to roughly the turn of the 19th century. The vibrant Vaseline beads are a gorgeous green, with some slight variation of shade from bead to bead. The pendant is a sterling silver Hudson Bay Cross of Lorraine with a coordinating green center stone; a mounted dome which is actually a cut of 16th century Venetian glass bead. It’s covetable on visual attributes alone, but to think that it’s 220 years old amplifies the charm.
- artist: Robert Cruiskshank
- affiliation: Hudson Bay Company
- hallmarks: RC, HB, Quebec + beaver pictograph
- materials: sterling silver, faceted green Vaseline beads
- dimensions: 24" length
- cross: 4" x 2 1/4"
- closure: continuous
- condition: nice vintage condition
- faceted beads show abrasion at edges
- silver has a nice patina
- light wear from ethnographic use
- style number: JN1157