Antique Crucifixes



2015-06-26 11:15:56

Antique Crucifixes are collectible and often rare items of Christian iconography.

Brief history and description

The Crucifix has been an important symbol of religious faith since as far back as the 5th century, and is viewed as a representation of the body of Jesus Christ on the cross.

A Crucifix that was crafted during the late 1800s and early 1900s typically carries a manufacturing hallmark, while a Crucifix that was crafted during the early 1700s and late 1800s rarely features a manufacturing mark. After the 1200s the Jesus Christ figurine was usually depicted as bloody, twisted and in pain, while before the 1200s the Jesus Christ figurine was depicted as calm and with open eyes.

Eastern Crucifixes typically have Christ's two feet nailed side by side as well as a crown of throwns placed on Christ's head, but if the Crucifix features Christ's body in an "S"-shaped position, it may date back to the 10th century Byzantine Empire.

Guide for collectors

If the Crucifix still features its original Jesus Christ figurine (as opposed to one that was attached later on) it is considered to be rare.

Restoration of an antique Crucifix is recommended, but only if there is noticeable damage. However, restoring an antique Crucifix will decrease its value.

For more information regarding antique Crucifixes, visit Ave Maria Circle's official website or the Rosary Workshop's official website.


Sotheby's in Amsterdam sold a silver Crucifix and base (circa 17th century) for $162,000 in September of 2007.

Simpson Galleries in Houston, Texas sold a carved ivory Crucifix mounted on a rosewood cross and with text reading "Iesvs Nazarenv-Rex-Ivdaerum" for $2,500 in June of 2011, and the same cross for $3,800 in February of 2011.

Lewis & Maese Antiques in Houston, Texas sold a bone Crucifix for $2,000 in November of 2008.

Kamelot Auctions in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania sold a large scale plaster wooden Crucifix for $1,500 in November of 2007.

Showplace Antique + Design Center in New York sold a mid-19th century French polychrome Crucifix for $350 in February of 2007.

Wooden Nickel Antiques in Cincinnati, Ohio sold a Black Forest-style Crucifix for $140 in November of 2006.

Aberdeen Auction Galleries in Lutz, Florida sold a large bronze table Crucifix for $90 in February of 2007.

Bill Hood & Sons Art & Antique Auctions in Delray Beach, Florida sold an ornate mother of pearl Crucifix for $75 in June of 2006.

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