CR300 Raw cast iron (unfinished) fireman cross, this item is a reproduction casting with some degree of imperfection. Gray silver in color will have some degree of rust . The Maltese Cross is your symbol of protection. It means that the firefighter who wears this cross is willing to lay down his life for you. The Maltese Cross is a firefighter's badge of honor, signifying that he works in courage - a ladder rung away from death.