About this Claddagh Cross
This Mullingar Pewter Claddagh Cross (8" high) adorned with the iconic Claddagh symbol and Celtic knots is a fitting ode to Ireland's heritage. The Claddagh is a traditional Irish wedding ring and the symbolism on this handcrafted piece is prominent. This cross is beautiful when hung up on a wall, or displayed in a chest or on a shelf. It makes for an exquisite traditional Irish gift, as it is handcrafted in Ireland.
- Authentic Mullingar Pewter Product
- 95% Tin / 5% Copper and Antimony
- Pewter can be engraved by a competent jeweller
History of the Claddagh
Whatever the true origin, the Claddagh has since exploded in popularity among those desiring to celebrate their Irish heritage, appearing on many forms of jewellery and art from weddings rings to casual gifts of friendship.
About the Maker
In 1974, Paddy Collins revived the ancient craft of pewter manufacturing in Ireland, establishing his workshop in Mullingar, County Westmeath. Pewter has existed since ancient Egyptian and Roman times (as an alloy of tin mixed mainly with copper and antimony), and came to Ireland 800 years ago, becoming fashionable among the wealthy and for ceremonial purposes. Mullingar Pewter combines traditional handcrafted techniques that take many years to perfect, along with modern advances (modern pewter no longer contains lead, for instance), producing wonderful heritage gifts.