Vintage FRENCH Gold Tone Metal Souvenir Pin - Saint Bernadette & Virgin Mary at Lourdes
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AGE: C.1930 or so
ITEM: A souvenir gold tone pin/brooch from Lourdes, France depicting Saint Bernadette (Bernadette Soubirous) kneeling before the image of the Virgin Mary. The scene takes place in the Grotto at Lourdes. The image is made of a cream colored plastic and the background is a bit of glitter paper - a replacement for the original cellophane backing that had pretty much disintegrated (and if you don't like the glitter paper, open up the back and insert your own paper or piece of fabric). The pin has an old fashioned plunger clasp and as you can see is a bit similar to Victorian pieces in that the pinstem is visible on the right side of the pin. It's just the way the piece was made and is not a defect in any way.
CONDITION: Save for the replacement glitter paper, all original and in great shape.
SIZE: 1-1/16" wide x -5/16" high (not including the added length of the visible pin)
FINAL COMMENTS: A nice religious souvenir item from Lourdes.
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