All Antique and Vintage Rosaries that I list come from my private collection.
They are genuine antiques – older than 100 years – or genuine vintages – from 30 to 100 years old.
All are in perfect condition and still very much usable. They are unique and a real pleasure to collect or still use.
The items in this listing are very rare and exquisite and have the following characteristics:
A) The Rosary
1) The rosary is a 5 decade Catholic Rosary made with top quality Sardinia Coral faceted beads. All metal parts are Sterling Silver.
2) The hallmark on the cross, as well as that on the center, is a French hallmark representing a weevil.
This hallmark was used from 1838 to 1893 to certify that imported items into France had a Silver content of at least 800/1000.
Therefore these hallmarks allow us to date the rosary to a period ranging from 1838 to 1893 - this is why 1850 is a reasonable inference.
3) Beads are top quality Sardinian faceted Coral. Such coral is very rare nowadays as harvesting is forbidden.
Beads are faceted drums with an average 5x5 mm for Aves and 7x7 mm mm for the Paters. As they are hand carved these figures may differ slightly from one to the other, this is why and
average is mentioned.
4) The cross is 30 x 20 mm. It is a reliquary cross that may be opened as is shown in the pictures. It does not contain a reliquary. and the total length of the rosary is 30 centimeters.
5) The total length of the rosary is 36 centimeters. The weight of the rosary is 21.10 grams .
6) This rosary is greatly attractive, of extreme rarity and this is a unique opportunity to own such an old item in such an excellent pristine condition.
The Rosary will not go over the head to be worn.
B) The Box
1) The rosary is presented in a sterling silver box with a repoussé design of Jesus with a Young boy in front of Chalice, representing a first communion classical scene. All is best described in the pictures. The Box is in excellent and pristine condition
2) The box is not of the same period and is hallmarked with a 800 Dutch Stamp for Sterling Silver.
There is also the Amsterdam Essay Hallmark. Other hallmarks indicate late 19th to early 20th Century.
3) The weight of the box is 36 grams. Dimensions are 65 x 55 mm.
This is a set of great beauty and extreme rarity, heavy in sterling silver and antique Sardinian Coral, that will be unique in any collection.
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Please do not hesitate to ask any question.
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1850's Antique Sardinian Coral & Sterling Reliquary Rosary in Sterling Communion Box XXXR
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