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Split Crosses and Fredrick's Crosses???

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It's probably an old design but Christoph Friedrich of Switzerland started demonstrating this type of cross sometime in the early 1980's or so. That is the origin of the name - a "Friedrich" or "Frederick" cross. There are several instructions on the 'net about how to make one - you can likely find one with a little searching.

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I have seen much bigger versions of the split cross in the local graveyard. The German immergrants used them as grave markers. Made from wrought them have held up well since the 1880s which was the oldest date I saw. These were split, but were embelsished with scrolls at the cross arms. They cut in the name/dates in the cross arms.

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