French 19c Silver 'Eye of God' St Ghislain MedalFrench 19c Silver 'Eye of God' St Ghislain MedalFrench 19c Silver 'Eye of God' St Ghislain MedalFrench 19c Silver 'Eye of God' St Ghislain MedalFrench 19c Silver 'Eye of God' St Ghislain Medal

This small silver medal bears the French, boar’s head hallmark for 800-900 silver quality. It celebrates the Belgian Saint Guislain. It dates to the 19th century.

Guislain was a confessor and anchorite who died in 680. In 1647 his remains were removed to St-Ghislain of which place he is patron. His feast is celebrated 9 October and his intercession is sought to ward off convulsions from children.

He is frequently represented with a bear or bear's cub beside him. This is an allusion to the popular legend which relates that a bear, pursued in the chase by King Dagobert I, sought refuge with Ghislain and later showed him the place where he should establish a monastery.

This tiny, oval medal measures 13/16” (2cms) long, including the ring, and ½” (1.3cms) across. It weighs 0.6grams.

On the front is an exquisite engraved design of the ‘Eye of God’.

At the top is a ring and a bail. On the reverse of the ring is the boar’s head.

The other side has a delicately engraved image of St Ghislain with bishop’s crozier. Emerging from beneath his robes is a boar’s head. Around the edge in French is ‘St Ghislain Priez Pour Nous’ - Pray for us.

This delightful medal of such interest is in fine antique condition and will arrive in a gift box

ITEM ID
47
ITEM TYPE
Vintage
ORIGIN
France • French
COLOR
Silver

French 19c Silver 'Eye of God' St Ghislain Medal

$55

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