This large, antique silver French medal is a design by the famous medallists Vachette and Waag. They were responsible for the production of the first ‘Miraculous Medal’ in 1832. I am dating this medal to circa 1890 and by that time Vachette had died so it bears only the signature of Waag.
This medal measures 1 and 5/16” (3.5cms) across. It weighs a hefty 17.7 grams.
On the front is a raised image of Our Lady. She stands with arms crossed on a boulder and is crushing a serpent (the devil). Around her are fluffy clouds, a particular trademark of Vachette Waag. There are five stars above her head. Around the edge is the inscription-‘Marie a été conçue sans peché’ – Mary was conceived without sin.
On the reverse is another lovely raised image of Jesus’ sacred heart encircled with thorns and with a cut from which fall drops of blood. Above it is a torch and a cross. Below it are the same fluffy clouds. Around the edge are the Latin words ‘Cor Meum Jugatur Vobis’- Let my heart be joined to yours.
There is a ring with at the top with the boar’s head French mark for 800 -900 silver quality and the other, on the reverse, is a maker’s mark. There is a larger bail to hold a chain.
I believe that this type of medal was customarily worn by a nun. This wonderful antique medal will arrive in a gift box.
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