This beautiful French religious medal is a tribute to Motherhood. It hallmarked for 800 silver quality. It dates to the late nineteenth century circa 1890-1900.
The medal measures 1 ¼" (3.2cms), including the ring, by 15/16" (2.3cms) across. It weighs 3.2 grams. It is quite thin in common with many French medals of this period but is still sturdy.
On the front is a raised image of the Virgin Mary with hands outstretched. Her robes are beautifully sculpted. She is shown crushing a snake (representing evil) beneath her feet. Around the edge is the inscription in Latin ` Monstra Te Esse Matrem' – Show Yourself as a Mother.
On the reverse is a spray of lilies and a radiating star. Beneath this is a blank plaque. Around the edge is the inscription in French `Congregation Des Enfants de Marie' – Congregation of the Children of Mary. (A religious association).
There is a solid ring at the top which bears the French crab hallmark for 800 silver.There is also a bail to hold a chain.
This really beautiful piece has lovely natural patina and will give much pleasure to the new owner. It will arrive in a gift box.
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