If I had to guess, I'd say this hand-strung Brigittine rosary is from the 1940s. It is from a German Catholic couple whose lifelong collection ranged from traditional antique Bavarian rosenkranz to eclectic rosaries like this that are of a more contemporary vintage.
Everything about this rosary has its own unique beauty. The smooth and subtle pale-grape colored glass beads are wonderfully serene and separated by slender white oval glass seed beads. The large, silver-tone metal paters have great patina and are engraved with concentric lines and designs. They are a lovely contrast to the clear round beads and are slightly magnetic with a nice weight to them.
The large 3-layer crucifix is bold and beautiful and brings all the elements of this rosary together. Marked "Roma" on the verso, it features a shiny silver-tone base and a thick layer of creamy mother of pearl celluloid. The full-mold body of Christ is well executed and has dark patina. The details are very beautiful and easily enjoyed given the size of the corpus and cross. The INRI scroll is also dark and nicely done.
According to religious tradition, the 6-decade Brigittine rosary was instituted and promoted by St Bridget of Sweden. It is also accepted that the Carmelite order used the 6-decade rosary before Vatican II. The 63 ave beads are said to honor the traditional years of Mary's life on earth. Note that this directly contradicts the 72 beads and years represented in the Franciscan Crown rosary dedicated to the Seven Joys of Mary. Regardless of which tradition is correct regarding Mary's age, this is a wonderful devotional for those faithful to Our Blessed Mother.
In excellent vintage condition, this lovely rosary is ready to grace your prayer life or your sacred space... from hanging on a bedpost to being displayed on a wall. Comes boxed and ready for gift-giving.
Weight – Total 83 grams; crucifix 38 grams
Length – 17-1/2 inches total; 6-1/2 inch drop
Beads – Average 8 mm; paters 11-1/2 x 14 mm
Crucifix – 4 x 2-3/8 inches
Not suitable for wearing
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