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19th Century Lace Die Cut French Holy Card Boy's First Communion 3-D
There are no markings, text or date on this French first communion holy card but it dates to the late 19th century and it is actually 2 layers of scalloped lace die-cuts that can be pulled apart for a 3-D effect. However, even flat, this holy card is so precious with the boy communicant in the center holding his missal in one hand and the ceremony candle in the other. His suit is a rough textured felt/suede-like material. There are two ribbons added at the corners. The card measures about 4-3/4 by 3 inches. The direct scans show the antique ivory color of the lace paper more accurately. In the photos, the lace looks more white but the photos clearly show the intricate detailing and overall superb condition of this religious souvenir. It was with no little trepidation that I pulled the layers apart to show the tabs, and while it is so beautiful as is even flat, I can imagine someone restoring this in all its 3-D glory encased in a shadow box. The dust on the boy's fabric suit could likely be easily removed also, but again, I'll leave that to you.
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