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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 Raphael's famous design of a Cherub - Putti - Angel - Cupid. Bordered by light and dark blue cold enamel, the metal work is a combination of gilt and silver coloring.
This type of religious item 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. Enamel is clean with only light crazing lines that simply come from old age.
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 3-5/8"; width is 2-15/16".
FINAL COMMENTS: Just ready for the appropriate ribbon - pink or blue. As a sidenote - I am in possession of two Croix de Berceau from France with angel fronts so if you are interested, please let me know and I can send pictures. Unfortunately, I am not able to list them on Ruby Lane due to restrictions.
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