This lovely standing plaque celebrates the life of St Thérèse of Lisieux, France.
Saint Thérèse was born in Alençon , France in 1873 and her family moved to Lisieux in 1877. She entered the Carmelite convent at the age of 15 with special dispensation from the Pope and she died of tuberculosis at the age of 24 in 1897; She was beatified in 1923 and canonised in 1925.
I believe this beautifully shaped plaque dates to the late 1920’s or 1930’s. Maybe it was a souvenir of a pilgrimage to Lisieux. There are silver plated elements mounted on either cream celluloid or some other early form of plastic.
At the top is a roundel with an impressive image of Thérèse holding a cross and roses. Around the edge are the words in Latin ‘Santa Teresia A Jesu Infante’ – Saint Teresa Child of Jesus. There are some tiny maker’s signatures on either side.
Below is a sweet name plate with flowers on either side –‘ STR De Lisieux’.
The back is plain with just the little stand which performs its function well.
This wonderful item is in fine condition with just some understandable wear to the plating.. It is a charming piece for anyone who venerates this French saint . It comes to you tissue wrapped in a gift box.
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