I admit to being fond of Catholic rosaries like this one from the early 1900s. Perhaps it’s their elegant styling and no-nonsense construction. For sure it’s the gleaming brass and its wonderful creamy patina and the elaborate tri-lobe chain, especially when it’s in such fantastic condition. And with garnet glass a favorite color for its nobility and gravitas, what’s not to love about this antique delight?
The laced Art Nouveau center is beautifully scrolled and adorned with fleurs-de-lis. In contrast, the smaller stamped cross has flared and tri-pointed tips and is utterly plain but for an embossed INRI banner at the top and a smoothed body of Christ. The verso is also plain and has a spot of verdigris, as do the dark eye pins.
The rough faceted, pressed glass beads are a rich, deep red that is beautiful in sunlight but very difficult to photograph. The pictures are darker than I would have liked, but I assure you the color is more vibrant than it appears. The beads are in superb condition and are nicely sized and shaped for ease of prayer.
This beautiful yet practical antique rosary is suitable for a religious collection as well as for regular prayer. It is comfortably sized and weighted for either a man or woman, and is in excellent condition. Comes boxed and ready for gift-giving.
Weight – 33 grams
Length – 20-1/2 inches total; 6-5/8 inch drop
Beads – Average 6-3/4 mm
Crucifix – 1-1/8 x 3/4 inches
Medal – 5/8 x 7/8 inches
Suitable for wearing
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