Vintage FRENCH SILVERPLATE Medal/Pendant - Saint Theresa * St Thérèse of Lisieux
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If an item is silver tone metal or silverplate/silver plate or gold filled- the item will be listed in COLLECTIBLES RELIGIOUS.
If an item is sterling silver or 14K Gold - the item will be listed in JEWELRY.
So may I now offer from my collection of religious treasures.....
AGE: C.1940 or so
ITEM: From France, a stunning silverplate religious medal, charm or pendant depicting Saint Therese aka St Thérèse of Lisieux to the front and Veronica's Veil draped over a Cross and the Cathedral at Lisieux at the back. Original jump ring is still attached.
CONDITION: As far as I am concerned, the piece has the most perfect of vintage patinas - very crisp design to the medal with no wear.
HALLMARKS: None that I can spot.
METAL CONTENT: Silverplate - Silver Plate - Silver Tone Metal
SIZE: 7/8" x 5/8"
WEIGHT: 3.5 grams
FINAL COMMENTS: Ready to use once more!
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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