This is such a lovely little vintage rosary egg from Marseilles, France. It was purchased at an antiques shop a few years ago. I believe it is pre-1960. These little celluloid items were favorite little momentos from Marseilles.
The little egg comes in two parts with threading so you an easily twist it open or twist it shut. Enclosed is a tiny little rosary with white beads and silver findings plus cross. The outside of the celluloid egg is painted in beautiful shades of blue, orange, cream, browns, green. It looks like a beautiful marbled egg! Marseilles is printed across the front. The egg measures 1-3/8 inches long by almost 1 inch wide, very small indeed.
The rosary measures 10 inches in length. I believe this is a complete rosary. It has 5 stations of 10 beads each and 4 stations of 1 bead along the necklace area. There are 2 stations of 1 bead and 1 station of 3 beads on the dangle area that finishes with the crucifix. I do not believe this is sterling silver, I see no marks for sterling.
A wonderful little travel rosary or a great little gift for a smalls collector. In great condition but very delicate.
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