French 1884 Silver Motherhood Virgin Mary MedalFrench 1884 Silver Motherhood Virgin Mary MedalFrench 1884 Silver Motherhood Virgin Mary MedalFrench 1884 Silver Motherhood Virgin Mary Medal

This beautiful French religious medal is a tribute to Motherhood. It is hallmarked for 800 -900 silver quality. It dates to 1884.

The medal measures 1 ½" (3.7cms), including the ring, by 1 and 1/8" (2.8cms) across. It weighs 5.5 grams. It is quite thin in common with many French medals of this period but is still sturdy.

On the front is a raised image of the Virgin Mary with hands outstretched. Her robes are beautifully sculpted. She is shown crushing a serpent (representing evil) beneath her feet. Around the edge is the inscription in Latin ` Monstra Te Esse Matrem' – Show Yourself as a Mother.

On the reverse is a spray of lilies and a radiating star. Beneath this is a plaque with initials and the date 16 juillet 1884. Around the edge is the inscription in French `Congregation Des Enfants de Marie' – Congregation of the Children of Mary. (A religious association).

There is a solid ring at the top which bears the French boar’s head hallmark for 800-900 silver. There is also a bail to hold a chain.

This really beautiful piece has been cleaned because it was quite black. It will soon regain an attractive patina. It will arrive in a gift box.

Item ID: 1045

French 1884 Silver Motherhood Virgin Mary Medal

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