"The cheaper the crook, the gaudier the patter" - Sam Spade

Wilmer Cook: Keep on riding me and they're gonna be picking iron out of your liver.
Sam Spade: The cheaper the crook, the gaudier the patter, eh?

- The Maltese Falcon

Except this isn't "a Golden Falcon encrusted from beak to claw with rarest jewels"...nor was it sent by the Knight Templars of Malta to pay tribute to Charles V of Spain in 1539...and Peter Lorre isn't in the immediate vicinity. What this is though, is a Maltese Cross necklace...so, by association of ideas you get a little Dashiell Hammett...well, that and no Maltese Cross quotes came to mind.

Ah, yes...the actual point of this post...another vintage bargain (I'm having a good week)...the cross, a crown, a rather Roman looking gent on a coin, and a touch of sparkle...what more does a girl need?


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