Arcane Delights 
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Not that anyone will ever see this comment, let alone believe it or even care about it, I will share it with you anyway. About a decade ago, I was searching for arrowheads or whatever I could find along the Missouri River in Montana. I was about to head back to my camp when i noticed a piece of metal on the side of the river sticking out of the embankment. When I retrieved it, it was black and green with corrosion but was obviously a Crucifix. A very old Crucifix by the looks of it. I took it in to a jeweler friend of mine and he cleaned it up very carefully. It is made of brass with brass nails holding the now almost disintegrated Jesus figure to the Crucifix itself. There is not much left of the Jesus but the Crucifix is in beautiful shape now that I have had it cleaned professionally. My friend who is an expert at dating jewelry stated that it is a Catholic priest's (or even someone higher in the churches ranks) Crucifix that he would have worn around his neck on a chain. Too bad I didn't find the chain too! He said it dated to the mid to late 1700's. My question is: How in the heck did it get to where I found it in Montana unless it came with one of the members of Lewis and Clark in 1805-6 and was lost or perhaps a later or even earlier expedition. I have it still, of course. It is in my personal display case and it still sits there as the enigmatic artifact that it obviously is. I would love to find out more about it someday and just how old it really is and who it could have belonged to. It is very obviously from the 1700's or perhaps even earlier.

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Posted by Arcane Delights on 09/26/2014 at 2:04 PM

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