Maltese Cross

  • General History
  • 1 min

By Crusader1307

Often misidentified with The Maltese Cross, The Cross Pattie is not a Germanic symbol, but rather associated with The Celts. Very similar to The Maltese, the difference is the subtle flanging of the bar and crossbar (which is also much broader and less equilateral). Seen in the 8th Century, The Cross Pattie no doubt migrated into Germanic Culture through trade and possibly invasion. It was used by many Germanic Nations as a "War Symbol". The Cross Pattie interchangeable with The Maltese Cross. Even with the later addition of the White border to The Maltese (which is lacking in the Pattie design), it was seen occasionally on German military assets.