ANTIQUE VICTORIAN Silver & Coral Rosary - Saint Esprit Center & Original Case
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AGE: C.1890 or so
ITEM: From France, a silver and cut red coral rosary featuring a center medallion of the Dove of Peace (Saint Esprit) and a cross that is hollow and depicts the Corpus of Jesus on one side and the Holy Virgin Mary on the other. The Pater beads are of silver and the entire piece has the appropriate number of beads - 59. The rosary comes with its original leather carrying case.
CONDITION: Very nice for its age. No dents/dings in the silver pieces. Center medal is plain silver at the back. Chain may be a little short in a couple of places but this is how the piece was found.
METAL CONTENT: Being French, either 800 or 900 silver.
HALLMARKS: Single French poincon on the cross denoting silver content/country of manufacture. The balance of the metal pieces were lightly acid tested indicating silver content.
SIZE: From back of rosary to bottom of cross measures 13-1/2". Cross alone measures 1-5/16" x 7/8". From center medal to bottom of cross measures 4-7/16".
WEIGHT: 13.3 grams
FINAL COMMENTS: Coral rosaries are becoming scarce due to artisans and crafters wanting to repurpose the beads into other designs. Here's someone's chance to save a French beauty!
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