We've all seen this type of bead before, especially on vintage and antique Lourdes pilgrimage rosaries, but I have never before seen any of this size or color.
This heavy Catholic rosary features molded art glass beads that resemble the marble quarried in the mountains around Lourdes. I love their large size because it allows you to appreciate the craftsmanship that goes into making glass look like natural stone. Also of note is the soothing olive-green color that ranges from pale and translucent to deep and fully opaque. The beads are mounted on copper pins with twisted figure-8 links instead of chain between the decades.
The center medal is a lovely Victorian shield with a raised cuff and grooved background. One side has the crowned monogram of Notre Dame de Lourdes; the other has a stylized Marian "M." I am confident both the crucifix and center are silver plated but I did not test them, as the acid would discolor the metal and disturb the beautiful patina.
The wonderful crucifix has round cartouches in each flared tip with depictions of Bernadette kneeling in the grotto; a view of Lourdes from a distance and a view of the basilica. A tender profile of Mary adorns the top of the cross. The molded corpus is rich with details and patina, with a lovely floral nimbus behind Christ's head and moderate devotional smoothing. The verso is engraved "Lourdes" in graceful script.
Likely from the early 1900s, this substantial religious relic is in excellent condition and is delightful to hold and even more fun to pray. Don't miss this opportunity to enhance your rosary collection or bless a devotee of Our Lady of Lourdes with this wonderful commemorative. Comes boxed and ready for gift-giving.
Weight – 60 grams
Length – 21-3/4 inches total; 7-1/2 inch drop
Beads – Average 8 x 9-1/2 mm
Crucifix – 1-7/8 x 1-5/16 inches
Medal – 5/8 inches
Suitable for wearing
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