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.
29 other shoppers have this item in their Cart or Wish List
Sacred Treasures from France, Great Britain and Europe
Carefully Selected Religious Items from Europe. Free Shipping Worldwide and Layaways Available