As soon as I saw this antique Catholic rosary, I knew there was something special about it despite being threaded together and missing a bead. The wonderful color of the pressed glass beads sang out to me and I simply had to have it. I was not disappointed.
Likely from the mid to late 1800s, the beads have a bright, shiny finish that looks iridescent in some of the photos. Sometimes it makes the beads look like dark loden green but as soon as you hold them up to the light, they brighten to forest green or what I call "Christmas green." They may be on the small side at 5mm, but the color is fabulous.
The rough-faceted English cut beads are actually molded, with one in particular having a tag where the glass extruded from the mold. They are mounted on silvered pins that are thin and malleable. Because it would be easy to stretch the links and open the pins, I suggest considering this rosary a religious collectible or using it for gentle, occasional prayer.
To restore the rosary to a proper configuration, I substituted seamed brass beads for the pater beads. They are mounted on similar antique pins and harmonize beautifully with the hammered and twisted figure-8 links adjacent to them. All pins and links were checked and straightened, and I lightly cleaned and buffed the entire rosary to help manifest its beauty.
At the center is a stamped, heart-shaped medal with a Victorian "shield" on the face and a Marian monogram on the verso. Note that the shield could be engraved with a small monogram, if desired. The medal is slightly curved and silvered with virtually all of the silver intact.
The sweet little inlaid crucifix is made from hand-cut brass with visible grinding marks on the sides and back. This too appears to have been silvered at one time, with a frosty glow remaining. A molded corpus is securely pegged into the black wood, flush with the cross.
With its unique color and joyful, lively energy, this intriguing devotional would be an exciting addition to any rosary or religious collection. Comes boxed and ready for gift-giving.
Weight – 13 grams
Length – 15-5/8 inches total; 5 inch drop
Beads – Average 5 mm
Crucifix – 1-1/8 x 5/8 inches
Medal – 1/2 x 3/8 inches
Not suitable for wearing
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