A Pilgrims Jerusalem Cross of Honour; Bronze grade
A Pilgrims Jerusalem Cross of Honour; Bronze Grade - Medal of the Holy Land; Bronze Grade - Bronze, very crisp detail, 33.8 mm, on original ribbon with pinback hanger inscribed "JERUSALEM", bronze hanger maker marked "CDF" and marked "ITALY" on the reverse, extremely fine. Footnote: Jerusalem Crosses of Honour were produced, in gold, silver and bronze grades, and were awarded to pilgrims and benefactors to the Holy Land. The cross bears two mottos: "CHRISTI AMOR CRUCIFIXI TRAXIT NOS" (The Love of Christ Crucified has Drawn Us) and "SIGNUM SACRI ITINERIS HIEROSOL" (A Token of Holy Pilgrimage to Jerusalem). Around the profile of Pope Leo XIII on the obverse, it reads "Leo XIII P.M. CREAVIT AN. MCM" (Founded by Leo XIII 1900). The four arms illustrate scenes incorporating the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Nativity, the Baptism of Our Lord and the Last Supper, while the reverse centrepiece illustrates the Resurrection, with the four reverse arms illustrating scenes of Jesus praying in the garden, scourged, crowned with thorns and being crucified. The Jerusalem Cross of Honour was awarded from 1900 to about 1950.