C.1900 FRENCH SILVER & Enamel Religious Medal - Saint Therese * Saint Thérèse of Lisieux
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AGE: C.1900 or so
ITEM: From France, a religious silver charm or medal with an enamel front. Under the turquoise is the image of Saint Theresa. At the back, an engraved name, Nicole, along with an engraved R in an interesting font.
CONDITION: Very nice. Enamel has no problems. Silver has a patina of age. A polish in needed to bring up a high shine.
METAL CONTENT: Being French, either 800 or 900 silver.
HALLMARKS: One French poincon at the back of the bale denoting silver content.
SIZE: 3/4" wide x 7/8" high (to top of bale NOT jump ring)
WEIGHT: 3 grams
FINAL COMMENTS: A beautiful piece of religious jewelry!
SAINT THERESE: Saint Thérèse of Lisieux born Marie Françoise-Thérèse Martin (2 January 1873 – 30 September 1897), also known as Saint Thérèse of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face was a French Catholic Discalced Carmelite nun who is widely venerated in modern times. She is popularly known as "The Little Flower of Jesus" or simply "The Little Flower". Together with Saint Francis of Assisi, she is one of the most popular saints in the history of the Catholic Church.
Thérèse felt an early call to religious life, and overcoming various obstacles, in 1888 at the early age of 15, she became a nun and joined two of her elder sisters in the cloistered Carmelite community of Lisieux, Normandy. After nine years as a Carmelite religious, having fulfilled various offices such as sacristan and assistant to the novice mistress, and having spent her last eighteen months in Carmel in a night of faith, she died at aged 24, following a slow and painful fight against tuberculosis. (Wikipedia)
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