OLD STORE STOCK! Vintage 14K Gold Religious Medal - Sacred Heart of Mary
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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 religious medal of Sacred Heart of Mary - a most unique shape featuring a lovely rendering of the Virgin Mary. The pendant was found still attached to its original card and still having its original cellophane. Never been sold - never been worn! While the front of the medal is matte gold with an almost chisel-like appearance, the back is plain, shiny metal - made to engrave a sentiment on the back. A perfect size for lady or gent.
CONDITION: Pristine, although those little brown specks are some dirt that I didn't quite clean off - but it's off now! 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.
METAL CONTENT: 14K Gold
HALLMARKS: 14K at the back
SIZE: 1-1/16" (to top of bale NOT jump ring) x 7/8"
WEIGHT: A respectable 4.6 grams!
SACRED HEART OF MARY: Just as devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus is only a form of devotion to the adorable Person of Jesus, so also is devotion to the Holy Heart of Mary but a special form of devotion to Mary. In order that, properly speaking, there may be devotion to the Heart of Mary, the attention and the homage of the faithful must be directed to the physical heart itself. However, this in itself is not sufficient; the faithful must read therein all that the human heart of Mary suggests, all of which it is the expressive symbol and the living reminder: Mary's interior life, her joys and sorrows, her virtues and hidden perfections, and, above all, her virginal love for her God, her maternal love for her Divine Son, and her motherly and compassionate love for her sinful and miserable children here below. The consideration of Mary's interior life and the beauties of her soul, without any thought of her physical heart, does not constitute our devotion; still less does it consist in the consideration of the Heart of Mary merely as a part of her virginal body. The two elements are essential to the devotion, just as soul and body are necessary to the constitution of man.
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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