Two thousand years ago, after Jesus Christ died on the Cross, a Roman centurion by the name of Longinus pierced the heart of Our Lord with a lance. Through the centuries this spear has been the object of desire for many great leaders including Emperors Constantine, Charlemagne and Frederick Barbarossa, finally falling into the hands of Adolph Hitler. It was even sought by Indiana Jones...
The central sleeves are gold plated and with an antique finish. On them is debossed the words "LANCEA ET CLAVVS DOMINI" (Lance and Nail of the Lord), a reference to the central shaft of the upper portion of the spear, believed to be one of the nails that pierced the hands and feet of Christ.