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This is one of the new acquisitions of antique hunting in France
The rosary and coin:
Born in 1770 at Cesena, a relative of Pope Pius VI, Pietro Francesco Galleffi was created cardinal on July 11, 1803. He was deported to France in 1809 along with Pope Pius VII; in 1810 he was exiled to Sedan, and only able to return to Italy after Napoleon's exile. He became Archpriest of S. Pietro in Vaticano and Prefect of the Congregation of the Fabric of St. Peter's in 1820, as well as Bishop of Albano. In 1830 he exchanged Albano for Porto-Santa Rufina-Civitavecchia. On December 20, 1824, he became Camerlengo of the Holy Roman Church, a post which he held until his death on June 18, 1837.
Beside the Amazing mixed Murano beads al so made around 1830 in the color yellow with blue and red and some blue/white Murano beads super rare!
The silver coin itself needs some explation:
Front of coin: SEDE • VACAN TE • MDCCCXXX = Year 1830 (in exergue:) NIC • CERBARA •
The chair is vacant, this means there was no Pope at that moment.
In the center the Arms of Pietro Francesco Cardinal Galleffi, Camerlengo of the Holy Roman Church, surmounted by the Ombrellone, crossed keys, and the Cardinal's Hat with five tassels on each side.
Backside of coin: VENI • LVMEN • CORDIVM
The Holy Spirit, surrounded by rays of light and tongues of fire. The B stands for Bologna where the coin was made.
Meaning of the word:
The Camerlengo: Camerlengo is the Latin word for chamberlain. The word is composed of the Latin camera (room) and the Germanic ending -ling.
Task of the Camerlengo:
More specifically, the camerlengo of the Roman Catholic Church is known as the "cardinal treasurer", the temporary administrator of papal property and rights, between the death or resignation of a pope and the choice of his successor. During that period, the camerlengo is the most important officer within the Vatican. The office has been around since the Middle Ages. At that time the camerlengo was also regarded as a deputy for the pope when he stayed - temporarily - outside Rome, but that is no longer the case since modern means of communication exist.
One of the camerlengo's primary duties was to determine the death of a pope. He did this by asking the Pope three times, by his baptismal name, if he was asleep. In the case of Pope Pius IX, for example: "Ioanne, dormisne?" (Giovanni, are you sleeping?). He then tapped the Pope on the forehead three times with a specially designed silver hammer, which was provided with the Pope's coat of arms. This method of determining the death of the Pope has long fallen out of use. Nowadays the camerlengo only visits the deathbed together with the personal physician of the pope and a few other cardinals. Death is confirmed and a death certificate is drawn up. Then the head of the deceased is covered with a velum. The camerlengo draws up a death certificate and takes the pontifical fishing ring, with seal, from his hand. The ring is destroyed by means of a silver hammer, in the presence of some witnesses.After the death, the camerlengo takes care of all matters related to the pontifical burial, the protocol and the organization of the conclave. During the interregnum, in the Vatican "Sede vacante
Dimensions approx :
Lengt 18,5 inch (47 cm)
Wide coin: 1,5 inch (4 cm)
In beautiful antique condition, we didn't polish the coin, thats up to the new owner.
One Murano yellow bead missing.
This great rosary is one of the beautiful finds from our last antique hunting trip some weeks ago
The trip started in the French town of Lille. This French border city is just over the Belgian border. There we have already managed to get some nice things. Then towards the coast to Dieppe (this city was known for the high quality carving in the 18th and 19th centuries. The castle towering over the city of Dieppe is built on one of the chalk cliffs in it is a museum dedicated to the carvers from this region). There too, some nice business could have been done with traders. The next day to paris, there a few days started a good search and with good results. Back in our car and the journey continued towards the Loire Valley region and back home via Normandy, Hauts de France and Bruges in Belgium. It was another great week.
Everything was good about it, the weather, French food and wines, of course, not forgetting the antiques.
Greetings Jolanda and Ben and thanks for visiting our store.
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Amazing 1830 Italian Murano glass beads rosary with silver Sede Vacante coin 1830 from Camerlengo Pietro Francesco Galleffi