A fine example, in both silver and vermeil, it bears the initials for the Sacred Coeur surrounded by a crown of thorns. It originates from a small religious collection near Marseille and dates towards 1880.
It it's era, it would have been an expensive purchase from an silver atelier. The engraved hand work on the face is meticulously done: the crown of thorns executed with tiny zig zag marks with large tooled marks for the thorns. The initials are formed in fine block font style, from tiny hand tooled marks. The flame has a high central arch and deep grooves. The back of the flame has a mounted ring with a larger ring which would have been used for threading a ribbon or chain. The interior side bears the patent mark, "depose". The interior has a gilt wash over the silver which gives a radiance when the light touches it.
The voto measures: 3 1/4" x 2" x 3/4" from the tabletop. It is in very good antique condition: Very, very light scratching as is typical with age and use. The hinge works properly and the voto closes properly.
French sacred heart ex votos have a special place in devotional history. They held prayers, intentions and thanksgiving and stood for hope and faith. This is a precious and exquisite sacred heart which survives to serve as it did in the past.
European Importer of Authentic 18th and 19th Century Religious Antiques:Division of Paris Chateau
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