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Here is an extra special, extra long rosary for the collector: the center medal is from a basilica in Douvres-la-Délivrande, the oldest pilgrimage site in the Normandy region of France. According to a Catholic web site I found doing extensive research online, the reason sinners, saints and royalty flocked to this basilica just north of Caen since the 7th century was because of a Black Madonna, Our Lady of Deliverance (Notre-Dame de la Délivrande). On the front side of the medal: N.D. de la Délivrande Priez Pour Nous with an elaborate design of the Madonna. Verso: Sanctuaire de N.D. de la Délivrande with an image of the basilica. At first glance, the crucifix looks to be one solid piece but it is actually wood inset inside a brass frame. I am far from an expert on rosaries (my specialty is antique French postcards) but from what I could find on the internet, this rosary could date to the turn of the century or as late as the 1930s. I simply can't say with certainty. This rosary is one of several I acquired at the second largest flea market in France, in Rennes. Hanging, the rosary measures 22 inches down to the top of the center medal. From the top of the medal to the tip of the cross is another 9 inches: 31 inches total. The beads are carved wood: 5 sets of 10 smaller Mater beads and 4 larger Pater beads among the 22 inches of brass chain. The larger Pater bead just above the crucifix is chipped. That is the only sign of significant wear I can detect; all the other beads appear to be in overall fine vintage condition.
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31-Inch Long French Rosary from Oldest Normandy Pilgrimage Site Carved Wooden Beads
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