Sometimes the more loved and “used” a rosary is, the more special it feels when you hold it in your hands. This wonderful old Catholic rosary from the early 1900s is one such treasure. From the Oratory of St. Joseph at Mount-Royal near Montreal, Canada, it is ready and able to continue its century of service by encouraging prayer.
The smooth, oblong beads are made of natural horn that has yellowed and darkened with age. Each bead exhibits the grooves and grain of its organic nature and the round paters, carved into rosettes, are nearly worn smooth from devotional prayer. All beads are double-pinned on copper wire with beveled copper chain separating the decades. Although some pins have stretched or been tightened over the years, the integrity of the rosary is sound and sturdy.
The brass center medal also has wonderful smoothing and great patina. The bold Art Deco cuff with St. Joseph and the Christ Child at the center has a perfect balance of detail and devotional wear. On the verso is the Oratoire St-Joseph, high on a hill, located in Montreal. St. Joseph’s Oratory is an important pilgrimage site that offers art, music and historical and religious artifacts as well as a diverse library and other visitor attractions.
The plain, squared crucifix is made of gilded copper. The nicely detailed molded corpus is firmly affixed and flush with the cross, which has an ethereal glow. A delicate INRI banner is engraved at the top and the verso is blank.
Simple and earthy, this unassuming rosary carries the warmth and strength of its previous owner. In excellent overall condition, it is more than just a handsome collectible and is ready for your most fervent prayers. Comes boxed and ready for gift-giving.
Weight – 27 grams
Length – 22-1/4 inches total; 7 inch drop
Beads – Average 5 x 8 mm; paters 7 mm
Crucifix – 1-5/8 x 15/16 inches
Medal – 5/8 x 1/2 inches
Suitable for wearing
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