C.1940 FRENCH Celluloid Baby Crib Protector - Virgin Mary/Lourdes Center Panel
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AGE: C.1940 or so (maybe 1930)
ITEM: From France, a celluloid baby crib protector featuring a center panel (metal) depicting the Apparition at Lourdes - Bernadette Soubirous being visiting by the Holy Virgin Mary in the Grotto at Lourdes. This type of souvenir item from Notre Dame de Lourdes would have been purchased and given to the mother and father of a newborn. It would be attached to the baby's crib so that no harm would come to the baby while in the nursery. While many families could afford French Dieppe Croix de Berceau (crib cross), crosses hand carved and embellished with the face/head of an angel, the common folk could only afford celluloid or even "of lesser value" pieces. This particular item would probably have been purchased at a modest price range.
CONDITION: Excellent with no burn marks to the celluloid. Natural patina to the center metal panel with no loss to the stamping of the design.
METAL CONTENT: Tin? Silverplate? Base metal? Something like that.
HALLMARKS: None that I can find - not even on the center panel.
SIZE: From top ring to bottom measures 5-1/2"; width is 4-7/16".
FINAL COMMENTS: Just ready for the appropriate ribbon - pink or blue.
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