This delightful , French silver medal or charm commemorates St Stephen. It bears the crab hallmark for 800-900 silver and is signed ‘ Penin’. I believe it dates to the mid 20th century.
St.Stephen or St. Etienne in French was the first martyr of Christianity. He aroused the enmity of the synagogues because of his teaching. He was tried for blasphemy, found guilty and stoned to death.
The Penins from Lyons, France were a prolific family of medallists over four generations and started signing medals in 1830 to the present day.
The medal measures 5/8” (1.5cms) across. It weighs 1.8 grams.
In the centre is a raised image of Stephen holding stones and the palm of martyrdom. Around the edge are the words in French ‘St Etienne Priez PN’ – St Stephen Pray for Us. At bottom right is the signature ‘Penin’,
On the top ring is the crab mark and a maker’s mark. A bail is attached for a chain. The back is blank for an engraving.
In excellent vintage condition, this beautiful piece will arrive in a gift box.
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