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 item in this listing has the following characteristics:
The rosary beads are made of GALALITH ( see explanation here below) of Green color. It can therefore be dated to the early 1930's which was the time when the nicest galalith was produced.
1) The beads are truly beautiful and have a very appealing deep green marbled color. Beads all have a size of 10 x 10 mm.
2) All Metal Parts, including the chain, are Sterling Silver.
3) the close up of the picture will describe best the separator medals of the Paters : on one side the sacred heart of Jesus and on the other the Lourdes Virgin Mary. There are 14 such medals
5) The reliquary cross is accompanied with a Credo cross and both are sterling filigrane. They have the typical Bavarian style but all in Sterling. The credo and reliquary cross are of the 19th century and have been added by former owner to replace the original cross in this rosary. It gives it a great appearance and increases its value.
3) Total length of the rosary is 78 cm ( 31.2 in) and the weight is 79 grams.
4) It will easily go over the head to be worn. Any size will do .
+++++++++++++++WHAT IS GALALITH ?++++++++++++++++
Galalith is a semi synthetic material manufactured by the interaction of casein and formaldehyde.
In 1893, French chemist Auguste Trillat discovered the means to insolubilize casein by immersion in formaldehyde.
Casein is the name for a family of related proteins which are commonly found in mammalian milk , making up 80% of the proteins in cow milk.
Galalith, sometimes called “milk stone”, is therefore a semi synthetic material, opposed to Bakelite that is a totally 100 % synthetic.
Given a commercial name derived from the Greek words gala (milk) and lithos (stone), Galalith is particularly hard with a density of 1.35. It is odorless, insoluble in water, biodegradable, anti allergenic, anti static and virtually nonflammable . It is also resistant to acids and solvents.
Like wood it can be sawn, lathe-worked, drilled, milled, glued, mechanically or hand polished, and its structure manipulated to create a series of effects. No other plastic material at the time could compete on price, and with ivory, horn and bone products becoming far more expensive, it found a natural home in the fashion industry.
This new material was presented at Paris Universal Exhibition in 1900.
Galalith could produce gemstone imitations that looked strikingly real. In 1926 even Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel used it in the production of her costume Jewelry Galalith was also used for striking Art Deco jewelry designs by artists such as Jacob Bengel and Auguste Bonaz, as well as for hair combs and accessories. By the 1930's, Galalith was also used for pens, umbrella handles, white piano keys (replacing natural ivory), and electrical goods.
Production slowed as the restrictions of World War II to a need for milk as a food, and also due to new oil-derived wartime plastic developments.
The fact that Galalith may be considered as an extinct material which will definitely stop to be available very soon, gives extreme rarity to whatever intact rod or raw material that may still be found today. Consequently whatever may be produced from such material is becoming a truly high valued item of utmost rarity and avidly sought after by collectors.
This is an extremely rare and valuable item, made of valuable material and practically never seen.
It is in excellent top notch condition and may still serve many generations as it is a heirloom to keep and pass on.
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1930's XXRare Large Green Galalith w Sterling Rosary many Medals, Credo & Reliquary Cross UNIQUE
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