Vintage FRENCH FIX Religious Medal/Pendant - Virgin Mary at Lourdes!
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NOTE: This is the LARGER of two medals that are exactly the same.
AGE: C.1930 or so
ITEM: From France, a beautiful FIX medal pendant featuring the Virgin Mary ("Je Suis L'Imaculee Conception" - N.D. de Lourdes) to the front and the scene in the grotto at Lourdes between the Holy Mother and Saint Bernadette Soubirous. The designer of the medal is TAIRAC - an artisan who sculpted a LOT of religious items. The original purpose of the piece was most likely for a young girl's day of Confirmation or First Communion - FIX items were one of the most popular of gifts for these occasions.
CONDITION: The medal is very nice with no problems I can spot. The bale is slight unusual in that it has a flattened oval on both sides that is a slightly darker coloring than the yellow gold overlay.
METAL CONTENT: French FIX (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 FIX is a gold filled material, 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 wear to the medal!
HALLMARKS: Tairac signature to the back as well as FIX in the right lower corner.
SIZE: From bale to bottom measures 1-1/8"; width is 3/4".
WEIGHT: 2.7 grams
FINAL COMMENTS: A lovely design that I have not had the pleasure of finding before. Just needs a chain (mine is for display purposes only).
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