OLD STORE STOCK! Vintage 14K Gold Religious Medal - Saint Theresa of Avila
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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: A yellow gold religious medal, oval in shape, featuring Saint Theresa of Avila. In this design, Theresa is seated at a desk, writing, and there is a Dove of Peace above her head. While the front of the medal is matte gold, brushed finish with a chisel-like execution, the back is plain, smooth gold, all the better for engraving.
CONDITION: Pristine! This medal/pendant is “First Strike” meaning the design is so clean, so crisp, you can discern all the details of the figures. Medals of the modern era are usually restrikes, actually more like restrikes of restrikes so that all the fine details of the figures can no longer be seen. To see the difference, just do a search for Mary charms and take a look at how, over the years, the definition of religious medals has gotten less and less!
METAL CONTENT: 14K Gold
HALLMARKS: 14K at the back
SIZE: Small at 7/8" x 11/16" approx not including the bale or jump ring.
WEIGHT: 1.6 grams.
SAINT THERESA OF AVILA: Saint Teresa of Ávila, also called Saint Teresa of Jesus, baptized as Teresa Sánchez de Cepeda y Ahumada (28 March 1515 – 4 October 1582), was a prominent Spanish mystic, Roman Catholic saint, Carmelite nun and author during the Counter Reformation, and theologian of contemplative life through mental prayer. In 1622, forty years after her death, she was canonized by Pope Gregory XV. The Cortes exalted her to patroness of Spain in 1617, and the University of Salamanca previously conferred the title Doctor ecclesiae with a diploma. On 27 September 1970 she was named a Doctor of the Church by Pope Paul VI.
FINAL COMMENTS: I only have one and with the holidays fast approaching and my knowing that my religious inventory gets depleted, don’t delay in grabbing this item sooner rather than later.
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