The Lorraine cross was carried to the Crusades by the original Knights Templar, granted to them for their use by the Patriarch of Jerusalem.
Hermetic alchemists of the Renaissance used the emblem as a symbol of earth and spirit by combining the square earth cross with the cross of Christ. When drawn symmetrically, it symbolized the hermetic maxim, "As above, so below".
In the Catholic Church, the equal-armed Lorraine Cross denotes the office of Cardinal.
Well put TG. I was trying to formlate that same thought but you beat me to it.tg said:Goo question, as most bags are almost impossible to accurately date it will b hard to tell, I suspecy mostbof the decoration ideas are of modern ideas or period patterns used on other items to add some historical flare to things, maybe someone will have some accuratelydated bags to better answer the question, 18th century are hard to come by from what I gather, 19th century may be a bit betterthlater you go, If something symbolic was verified as used on an 18th century item it could likley be incorporated into most anything and thus would probably not be a foul to use it on a hunting bag as mentioned before in some cases a bit of poetic liscene is generally allowed after exhausting all period solid,hard,direct references, but this practice is best not done willy nilly with absolutely nothing to suggest any conntion IMHO. I have always wondered if we do not decorate our bags much more than the originals were done
Probably not right for a juried event (unless you're a French trapper perhaps), but if you like them, that's all that matters. I have one myself.Rat Trapper said:I had Horner75 here make me up couple bags and one has the cross of lorraine the other a hunters star. Not sure if they are PC or HC, but I like them and they look good to me.
edit: deletedHipshot said:I see some shooting bags for sale with the Cross of Lorraine, usually in red, on the flap. Was this symbol used on shooting bags of the 18 or 19 century?
Rat Trapper said:I had Horner75 here make me up couple bags and one has the cross of lorraine the other a hunters star. Not sure if they are PC or HC, but I like them and they look good to me.