This charming French silver medal or charm commemorates St. Odile of France. It bears the crab hallmark for 800-900 silver and is signed ‘L Penin’. I believe it dates to the mid 20th century.
St Odile (660-720) of Alsace , France, was born blind. Her father, Duke of Alsace, flew into a rage because of her disability and her mother had to hide her from harm. At the age of 12 she was baptised and miraculously regained her sight. Eventually after much tribulation she was reconciled with her father. She led a holy life and became an abbess.
The Penins from Lyons, France were a prolific family of medallists over four generations and started signing medals in 1830 to the present day.
The medal measures 5/8” (1.5cms) across. It weighs 1.7grams.
In the centre is an exquisitely sculpted, raised image of Odile with her crozier and holy book. Around the edge are the words in French ‘S Odile Priez PN’ – St Odile Pray for Us. At bottom left is the signature ‘Penin’,
On the top ring is the crab mark and a maker’s mark. A bail is attached for a chain. The back is blank for an engraving.
In excellent vintage condition, this beautiful piece will arrive in a gift box.
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