Precious, petite and pristine is this Edwardian-era beauty that I am delighted to offer. Karat gold devotionals are quite rare, especially when combined with polished Mediterranean coral. In superb condition, this antique Catholic rosary features exquisitely feminine details and outstanding design.
The round beads are slightly flattened and all are original with no chips, cracks or defects. The paters are slightly larger for differentiation during prayer. Each bright salmon-colored bead features natural striations and surface variations for wonderful organic character.
The center medal features a classic cameo-style portrait of Mary surrounded by graceful scrolls and embellishments. The same image adorns both sides of the medal with tiny hallmarks on the bottom bail. The French eagle hallmark indicating solid 18K gold and “BD” maker’s mark are more easily discerned on the bail of the crucifix. In all likelihood, this high quality rosary was crafted by a jeweler for an important customer or occasion.
My photos do not capture the full beauty of the crucifix. The simple, squared cross has a raised cuff filled with acanthus scrolls on a finely textured background. The crown of thorns at the center frames Christ’s head, which covers a round IHS Christogram. IHS represents the name of Christ that was popularized in the 1400s and adopted by St. Ignatius Loyola as part of the emblem of the Society of Jesus (Jesuit order) in 1541. The heavy molded corpus is nicely cast with a beautiful balance of fine details and what appears to be devotional smoothing on the face. Hold it in your hand and you’ll see why it was so treasured!
Consider adding this rare and exceptionally beautiful heirloom rosary to your collection. Though small, it can be used for prayer though cannot be worn. A very special gift for you or a loved one! Comes boxed and ready for gift-giving.
Weight – 9 grams
Length – 11 inches total; 3-7/8 inch drop
Beads – 3-1/4 x 4 mm; paters 3-3/4 x 4-1/2 mm
Crucifix – 1-1/4 x 3/4 inches
Medal – 3/8 x 1/2 inches
Not suitable for wearing
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