This antique French shrine is certainly Victorian and possibly a bit older. I believe it is made of bronze with gilded decoration.
It measures 5½” (14cms) long by 1¾” (4.5cms). It is heavy, weighing 90.7 grams.
The background is a gothic window with pillars on either side At the top is a fleur de lis and there are delicate curlicues. The metal has darkened with age but the original colour shines through on the high points.
Within the window are the gilded figures of the Virgin and Child. On either side are cherubs holding goblets.
The shrine is finished with a design of flowers and a scallop shell.
The back is smoothly finished. At the top is a solid ring and a bail for hanging.
It is in remarkably good condition for its age. It will arrive very well packed and protected.
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