Rare indeed is this antique 15-decade rosary crafted from luminous mother of pearl beads and lovely, lacy silver alloy (tested) components. Most vintage and antique 15-decade rosaries are made of wood or sometimes glass beads, making this mother of pearl version a real find.
Though hand-cut, the beads are more uniformly sized and shaped than usual and are in excellent condition with no apparent flaws or damage. The pater beads are outstanding... large and luscious with beautiful graining and measuring as much as 9mm. Each pater is adorned with two floral bead caps made of silver alloy. They are mounted on silvered copper pins, with varying degrees of silver remaining.
The laced center is a large Marian monogram with acanthus and dramatic flourishes that are both bold and feminine. Likewise the laced crucifix, which has a nice textured background and exhibits signs of devotional smoothing. The ornate design is also present on the verso for your viewing pleasure. Unmarked, both pieces test positive for silver alloy of less than 800 purity.
Surrounding the paters are sections of tri-lobe chain also made of silver alloy. As is easily seen in the pictures, four sections of chain appear to be replacements (silvered copper) as does one bead cap. I'm surprised there aren't more repairs or restorations on a rosary this old and of this size. Except for one link, which I did not try to correct, all sections of tri-lobe chain are complete and properly positioned... another testament to the fine condition of this rosary.
Measuring over three feet long, consider draping this religious treasure as a sumptuous necklace; over a bedpost or curtain rod; or displaying it in your sacred space. Or just hold it and let it grace your life with its unique combination of earthy materials and ethereal beauty. It is in excellent antique condition and would be a fine addition to any rosary collection. Comes boxed and ready for gift-giving.
Weight – 67 grams
Length – 43 inches total; 6-1/4 inch drop
Beads – Average 5-1/2 mm; paters range from 8 to 9 mm
Crucifix – 1-1/4 x 1 inches
Medal – 3/4 inches
Suitable for wearing
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