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