This pristine antique Catholic rosary features creamy-white bone beads that are hand carved and nicely polished and shaped. The smooth ave beads are contrasted by the larger paters that are carved with rosette patterns.
The beads are mounted on heavy gauge brass pins that are clean and glowing, adding to the energy of purity I feel coming from this rosary. Surrounding the paters are coiled wire extenders that are beautifully executed. And instead of a center medal is a three-eared, hand-looped pin.
The gilded brass crucifix is stamped or die-cut, which helps to date this rosary to the early 1900s. The gilding is well intact, giving the impression that this religious treasure was scarcely used. The molded corpus and INRI plaque, which are nicely detailed and brightly gilded, are pegged into a black inlay that is slightly skewed from the cross. Under magnification, it appears to be a composite material, possibly gutta percha.
Of special note is the "Trinity halo" with a subtly detailed crown of thorns and radiant lines. These triangular halos are rather scarce, adding to the uniqueness of this religious treasure. The points are said to represent God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit, and are beautiful in both symbolism and design.
This sturdy and handsome antique devotional is in overall excellent condition except for one bead. Bone has an airy, porous nature and this particular bead is a bit "frayed" at the eye pin, likely from the time of manufacture when the pin was closed. That said, the bead is sound and solid and certainly capable of supporting active prayer. This condition is plainly visible in multiple pictures.
With its positive, purposeful energy, consider giving this antique rosary as a special gift for someone you love, including yourself! Comes boxed and ready for gift-giving.
Weight – 24 grams
Length – 19 inches total; 5-1/4 inch drop
Beads – 5x6 mm
Crucifix – 1-1/4 x 3/4 inches
Suitable for wearing
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