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Vintage SPANISH 14K Gold & Porcelain Enamel Religious Charm - El Santo Nino de Atocha!
Vintage SPANISH 14K Gold & Porcelain Enamel Religious Charm - El Santo Nino de Atocha
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OLD STORE STOCK! What does this mean? Well, to a person who sells jewelry, it’s like finding a Holy Grail – store stock that was stored for so long that it was never offered to the public. This means, in some instances, that the original card, wrapping, packaging is present as well as the original sales price. I got lucky recently and came into such a collection of old store stock that listings beginning with this blurb have not seen the light of day in 50 – 60 – 70 years. First come, first served. May I offer now……
AGE: C.1950 or so
ITEM: From Spain, here's a religious pendant/medal of gold and porcelain enamel. The subject matter depicted at the front is Saint Christopher. The design applied was more than likely a black and white transfer and then hand painted with by hand. Reverse of the Medal proclaims El Santo Nino de Atocha - The Holy Infant of Atocha. The Image of the Baby Jesus is a Roman Catholic one popular among the Hispanic cultures of Spain, Latin America and the southwestern United States. The design is distinctly characterized by a basket the infant carries, along with a staff, drinking gourd, and a cape. The image of the Divine Child was found in most devout Catholic families and was always present at the time of the birth of a child to ensure a safe delivery.
CONDITION: Pristine and Brand New – well considering the piece NEVER sold in a store!
METAL CONTENT: 14K Gold
HALLMARKS: 14K at the bottom front of the medal.
SIZE: Not including the bale, 7/16" x 1/2".
WEIGHT: .9 grams
PORCELAIN ENAMEL: Vitreous enamel, also called porcelain enamel, is a material made by fusing powdered glass to a substrate by firing, usually between 750 and 850 °C (1,380 and 1,560 °F). The powder melts, flows, and then hardens to a smooth, durable vitreous coating on metal, or on glass or ceramics.
FINAL COMMENTS: I have this medal as well as one other - so if you want both, just let me know.
THE BLESSED IMAGE: In the 13th century, Spain was under Muslim rule. The town of Atocha, now part of Madrid's Arganzuela district, was lost to the Muslims, and many Christians there were taken prisoners as spoils of war. The Christian prisoners were not fed by the jailers, but by family members who brought them food. According to pious legend, the caliph ordered that only children under the age of 12 were permitted to bring food. Conditions became increasingly difficult for those men without small children. The women of Atocha prayed before the statue of Our Lady of Atocha at a nearby parish, a title of the Blessed Virgin Mary, to ask her son Jesus for help.
Reports soon began among the people of Atocha that an unknown child under the age of twelve and dressed in pilgrim's clothing, had begun to bring food to childless prisoners at night. The women of the town returned to Our Lady of Atocha to thank the Virgin for her intercession, and noticed that the shoes worn by the Infant Jesus were tattered and dusty. They replaced the shoes of the Infant Jesus, but these became worn again. The people of Atocha took this as a sign that it was the Infant Jesus who went out every night to help those in need.
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Gender: Unisex, Age Group: Adult, Color: Yellow Gold/White/Blue/Yellow/Black, Size: S
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