Vintage Silverplate & Faux Turquoise Bead Rosary!
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AGE: I am guessing but probably C.1960 or so
ITEM: Possibly completely manufactured in Italy, here's a Native American/Southwest Indian style rosary of silverplate beads/findings and featuring faux turquoise nugget beads. All 59 beads are present. in fact, there are 60 in total - there's an extra turquoise nugget at the back of the rosary.
CONDITION: Very nice with a vintage patina. The entire piece seems to be strung on string/thread so a restringing is probably in order sometime soon.
TURQUOISE: I have got to admit that the turquoise does look genuine but my gut tells me that the turquoise is glass - the drill holes are much too large and too cleanly drilled for the nuggets to be genuine turquoise.
METAL CONTENT: Cross and center medal are marked ITALY so metal is silverplate. The pater beads (roses) are not marked but have the look of being silverplate as well.
HALLMARKS: As mentioned above.
SIZE: From bottom of cross to center of back of rosary measures 17-1/2". Cross measures 1-7/8" x 1-1/4". From top of center medal to bottom of cross measures 5-3/4".
WEIGHT: A hefty 48.1 grams
FINAL COMMENTS: Most unusual!
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