An emerald and diamond cruciform pendant with white metal chain
filigree pendant set with old European and single-cut diamonds, with cut-corner rectangular step-cut emeralds at each station; estimated total emerald weight: 2.50 carats; estimated total diamond weight: 2.50 carats; mounted in silver-topped eighteen karat gold; pendant length: 3 3/8in. (two diamonds deficient)
- Please note: This property belonged to the owner's grandfather, General Dr. Victor Anastasiu, the King of Romania's physician. General Anastasiu served Romania in World War I and II in the Royal Romanian Air Force, under Kings Carol and Michael, as a physician, and was knighted by King George V of England and by Sir Winston Churchill.
General Anastasiu was born at Husi in 1886. In 1913 he was a physician and lieutenant in the Romanian Royal Army. He became the first Romanian medic that obtained a pilot license in 1916. Two years later, he was promoted to Major, Victor Anastasiu was appointed chief medic of the Sanitary Service of the Aeronautics. In 1920 he established the Aeronautical Medical Center; and the Institute of Aviation Medicine in Bucharest bares his name today. In 1939 he was commander, being chief of the medical services of the Romanian Royal Air Forces.
Lot 403 was presented to the only child of Dr. Anastasiu, Lilianna Tatiana Elizabeth Anastasiu, who married an American Soldier Vaughn Maxwell in Bucharest in 1946, before sailing to the United States. General Victor Anastasiu appears on a Romanian postage stamp, and a commemorative coin celebrating the 90th year of the Aeronautical Institute.