1. This is my oldest cross in my collection. I received this for my first communion and confirmation in May of 1957.
2. This is a mother-of-pearl Jerusalem cross. This cross is also called The Crusader's Cross and appeared on the coat-of-arms the Templar Godfrey of Bouillon, Duke of Lower-Lorraine. There are a variety of interpretations of the Jerusalem cross. One interpretation is that the four smaller crosses represent the four corners of the Earth, and the cross itself represents the spreading of Christianity throughout the world. Another common explanation of the cross meaning is that the larger center cross represents Jesus, and the smaller crosses represent Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.
3. This enameled cross with a depiction of the fish and loaves of bread is perhaps my favorite as the cross is symbolic of Jesus's life and ministry rather than simply a reminder of the death of Jesus.
4. Like the others listed this cross is a gift from my parents. I think that the cross is ivory made in a time when using ivory was not illegal.
5 and 6. These silver crosses were graduation gifts from the church that I attended as a child. The larger cross is a Trefoil cross although I think that my church called this a Trinity cross. As a member of the Junior Choir, I wore a this cross on a red ribbon as part of our choir garb. The smaller cross is a Celtic Cross. This sometimes is called the Anglican or Episcopal cross.
7. The silver crosses around the number seven were gifts from my husband, Daddy D.
One of my other collections is my small self-indulgent collection of Molly books. The first book is an antique, The Melting of Molly, a romantic novel written in 1912 by Maria Thompson Daviess. The collection also includes the classic, Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe and a somewhat racy novel by Lawrence Sanders, The Passion of Molly T. The other books in the collection are children's books including three of the American Girl books about Molly of the 1940's, a book about a girl named Molly, Pirate Girl, and an interactive early childhood book, Molly Mouse Goes Shopping.
I also have a collection of mice.