Art Nouveau French Gold Filled First Communion Medal/Pendant
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AGE: C.1910 or so
ITEM: From France, the most stunning First Communion medal or pendant I have ever seen! Made of a gold filled metal, this piece is a sister piece to the company FIX - the company who made this piece is ORIA. Featuring Jesus, an Angel and a cup of wine, this piece is unengraved so can be used for the First Communion of a young boy or girl.
CONDITION: Excellent! The medal has been coated with a high carat layer of gold, usually 18K. No wear anywhere!
METAL CONTENT: French gold filled items (under the trade names of FIX, ORIA & MURAT) were commonly known as the French version of English pinchbeck. This is a metal combination that has the look/appearance of 18K gold but has a rose gold underlay. If the yellow gold wears, the rose gold appears giving the pin the most unusual color combination. However, the yellow gold layer was usually so thick that this usually never happened. Some dealers argue that metal is a gold filled material, while others will say it's a high gold overlay over a secret formula base. Whatever anyone decides, it is what it is - a piece of jewelry that has already lasted for many, many years with no dark spots!
HALLMARKS: ORIA on the bale and on the jump ring
SIZE: Medal itself measures 1-1/4" x 7/8".
WEIGHT: 5.6 grams
FINAL COMMENTS: Just needs the right chain to show it off (mine is for display purposes only).
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