This very pretty chaplet dedicated to St. Anthony (one of my favorites) is crafted with rectangular black glass beads with a matte finish that resembles obsidian. Though the beads are on the small side, they are interlocked with o-rings helping to distinguish each bead from its neighbor. They appear to be mounted on brass pins with twisted figure-8 links between each section of beads and minor oxidation in spots.
The silver tone center and hanging medals are crisply detailed and simply styled. The front of the round scapular center features Jesus and His Sacred with beautiful rays and nice patina filling the medal. On the verso is a small rendering of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel with some devotional smoothing.
The hanging medal of St. Anthony has a silver satin background contrasting a faintly gold colored raised cuff, which nicely coordinates with the brass metalwork within the chaplet. I assume the symbol in the lower right corner is a maker’s mark, but I am not familiar with it. The verso is plain.
Although I am offering this chaplet as I acquired it, this medal appears newer than the other components and may be a replacement.
Increasingly popular as devotionals and collectibles, chaplets are sometimes incorrectly described as small rosaries or rosary bracelets instead of Catholic prayer beads that honor and initiate devotions to Jesus, Mary and particular Holy Persons. Each chaplet has its own configuration and recitations, although some chaplets may be prayed differently depending on your intention. Instructions for praying this chaplet are included.
This lovely devotional is in excellent vintage condition and would be a unique addition to your collection. It would also be an elegant gift for someone with a special devotion to the St. Anthony.
Weight – 12 grams
Beads – 6 x 3-1/3 mm rectangular
Length – 12¾ inches total; 2 inch drop
Hanging Medal – ¾ inches w/o bail
Center Medal – 9/16 inches
Not suitable for wearing
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