OLD STORE STOCK! Vintage 14K Gold Religious Medal - Saint Anthony of Padua
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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, round in shape, featuring Saint Anthony of Padua holding the Infant Jesus. 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 1/2" high/wide not including the bale or jump ring.
WEIGHT: 1.2 grams.
SAINT ANTHONY: Saint Anthony of Padua (Portuguese: Santo António), born Fernando Martins de Bulhões (1195 – 13 June 1231), also known as Anthony of Lisbon, was a Portuguese Catholic priest and friar of the Franciscan Order. He was born and raised by a wealthy family in Lisbon, Portugal, and died in Padua, Italy. Noted by his contemporaries for his forceful preaching, expert knowledge of scripture, and undying love and devotion to the poor and the sick, he was the second-most-quickly canonized saint after Peter of Verona. He was proclaimed a Doctor of the Church on 16 January 1946. He is also the patron saint of lost things.
The reason St. Anthony's help is invoked for finding things lost or stolen is traced to an incident that occurred in Bologna. According to the story, Anthony had a book of psalms that was of some importance to him as it contained the notes and comments he had made to use in teaching his students. A novice who had decided to leave took the psalter with him. Prior to the invention of the printing press, any book was an item of value. Upon noticing it was missing, Anthony prayed it would be found or returned. The thief was moved to restore the book to Anthony and return to the Order. The stolen book is said to be preserved in the Franciscan friary in Bologna.
He typically appears in artistic form as carrying the infant Jesus and holding a cross or book.
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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