What is referred to as the “Dutch Cross” at Saint Peter’s Church is a sculpture by an unknown iron worker dating from the 16th century. It is believed to have been part of a chancel screen in a church in the Netherlands, or affixed above the entrance gates to a Dutch cemetery. It made its way to New Amsterdam/New York by way of London, where the late Anna C. Walter purchased it from an antique dealer in the late 1970s. She gave the cross to Saint Peter’s Church as a gift.
A stylized rose is at the center point of the cross, where the vertical and horizontal bars meet. The ends of the cross are fitted with fleurs-de-lis. When in its custom-made base, the Dutch Cross measures seven feet tall.
Immensely heavy, the cross is nearly always on display in the Sanctuary of Saint Peter’s Church. When the Sanctuary is in certain configurations, it is often displayed in another location in the church building.