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Cross of the Knights of Malta

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'Cross of the order of St John, Gold 'Maltese' Cross, each arm divided into two points; at the top is a suspension loop carrying a spiral of gold wire. Between each arm of the Cross is a small fleur-de-lys-like motif. The surface is keyed for white enamel, a small amount of which is extant. Belonged to Fabricio Spinola, Captain of the Girona'. From Flanagan, L. (1988) Ireland's Armada Legacy, p.192