Growing up CATHOLIC surrounded by FRENCH FAMILY I fell IN LOVE with these ANTIQUE FRENCH REPOUSSE SACRED HEART EX VOTO when I first discovered them! Here is a Very Beautiful RARE Old FRENCH SACRED HEART EX VOTO. This EX VOTO is One of the SMALLER SIZE EX VOTO measuring 2,1/2 inches high by 1 hair short of 1,1/4 inches wide. This is a Perfect Size to wear as a PENDANT! This PIECE is an ORIGINAL FRENCH ANTIQUE, not a Reproduction, that dates to around the Mid to Later 1800,s. This EX VOTO has been sealed CLOSED and cannot be OPENED. These SACRED HEART EX VOTO were used to make a SPECIAL REQUEST or PRAYER by Tucking the PRAYER inside the EX VOTO. But although this cannot be OPEN it does not take away from the BEAUTY of this FRENCH Find. I have owned a few of these and this ONE appears to be an OLDER PIECE made of Heavier Solid Silver than some of the EX VOTO I have seen. I see No Hallmarks apparent but this EX VOTO Test as SOLID SILVER. This EX VOTO is in Very Good CONDITION for its AGE with a Few Dings in the Back of the EX VOTO. This is Normal Age Wear that shows that this EX VOTO was LOVED and WORN by the OWNER. The FRONT of the EX VOTO is ENGRAVED with the LETTERS ( V M with a CROSS ) a Spray of LOVELY LILIES surrounds the LETTERS. The LILIES represent the VIRTUES of CHARITY and POVERTY. The LETTERS are called a CHRISTOGRAM. A CHRISTOGRAM is a Centuries Old Abbreviation that represents the Holy Name of the "VIRGIN MARY". The beginnings of the (SACRED HEART DEVOTION) came to the forefront of in the 17th Century with MARY MARGARET ALACOQUE, a French Nun of the "ORDER of VISITATION". It was officially recognized by LOUIS XVI who made the DEDICATION under of the Guidance of His Confessor with the Hope of regaining His POWER and FREEDOM. In the Late 19th Century French Catholic Sentiment for Forgiveness gave way to popularity to this DEVOTION. Fine Silversmiths and Jewelers created these BEAUTIFUL PIECES which were used for Personal Devotion and Prayer. In Thanks and Gratitude when an answer to a Prayer was given the EX VOTO was given to the Local Parish where they would be placed around the VIRGIN MARY. A TALENTED ARTISAN created this EX VOTO and the TIME it must have taken to make this PIECE and the attention to DETAIL in this EX VOTO is AMAZING down to the GROOVES in the FLAME which appear to be so LIFE LIKE as a REAL BURNING FLAME would LOOK! If you look closely at the bottom of the FLAME you will see TINY CUTS on each side of the FLAME I have seen this done to other EX VOTO so this is commonly done is the process of making the EX VOTO. I believe its done to keep Moisture of building up inside of EX VOTO from that is only a guess since I am not a Silversmith or Jeweler. I just wanted to let the buyer know this is a common practice done in making these EX VOTO and not a FLAW in the PIECE. While you can find the Antique BRASS EX VOTO for sale finding the Smaller SOLID SILVER EX VOTO is a bit more DIFFICULT. These EX VOTO have become much more IN DEMAND to Collectors of Religious Items and also to ARTISANS who Love to use them in their JEWELRY. I am including in the Purchase a couple of New Sterling Silver Jump Rings so the owner can easily hang the EX VOTO from a RIBBON. I offer GENEROUS LAYAWAY TERMS to my buyers. Thanks for visiting FRENCHEVANGELINEROSE on RUBY LANE!
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