Talk about Old World elegance! Large and luxurious, this vintage Catholic rosary is from the 1940s-1950s and features clear, crystal beads with a black core. Rectangular in shape, they have six sides that do a wonderful job reflecting light and revealing the color within. It was very hard to capture this effect in the photos and I assure you this rosary is so much more awesome in hand.
The large round pater beads are accented with two scalloped silver bead caps and surrounded by sections of gleaming cable chain. All beads are mounted on sterling eye pins with o-rings between the beads in each decade. To the naked eye small fleabites can be seen on some beads. The pictures exaggerate this and do not adequately represent the beauty of this glass.
The large sterling center medal is breathtaking. It features a rare rendering of Jesus, Sacred Heart in hand, with a Gothic-style nimbus and deeply pleated robes. The gorgeous cuff is richly scrolled with luster cuts that add shine and depth to the ornate design. There is devotional smoothing on Christ’s face but then again, it’s hard not to hold and admire this outstanding medal. On the verso is an image of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel and the word “Sterling.”
The crucifix is the ideal counterpart to the center with its ornate scrolls and combination satin-shiny finish. The heavy molded corpus is well detailed and rises high above the cross. The verso is hallmarked “Catamore Sterling.” Once a large, family-owned business, Catamore Enterprises was located in Providence, Rhode Island and operated from about 1942 to 1981.
This outstanding religious devotional is impressive and inspiring and waiting for a new owner to appreciate its beauty and imbue it with active prayer. Because of its size, weight and classic beauty, it is suitable for a man or woman. Comes boxed and ready for gift-giving.
Weight – 50 grams
Length – 23 inches total; 7-3/8 inch drop
Beads – 7 mm box cut
Crucifix – 2 x 1-1/4 inches
Medal – 1-1/8 x 7/8 inches
Suitable for wearing
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