This circa mid-late 1800's antique French rosary is a very collectible item. Any serious collector of our precious devotional items should have one of this.
The Renaissance period, the period from the 14th to the 17th century, at least in Europe, is a time considered to be the bridge between the Middle Ages and modern history. There was a comeback on the Classical Arts and a new way of thinking.
It started as a cultural movement in Italy and then spread out to Europe. The Renaissance intellectual basis is humanism, derived from the ancient concepts of Greek philosophers such as Protagoras, who said that Man is the measure of all things. This new type of thinking which emphasised on the'individual' was manifested in many forms, in art, architecture, politics, science and literature. Here, we see a society where the average man is able to enrich himself through his efforts and thus a widespread distribution of wealth among the general population. This is the time of early modern age with the invention of printing and modern machines that made it possible for the common man to lift himself in society.
In contrast to the Middle Ages, the whole picture points heavily on religion and on the efforts of the Church to help man save himself from the punishment of purgatory and Hell, and on the measures that man has to do for himself to save himself from the punishments of his evil doings and man's complete obedience to the Church. The Middle Ages was characterised by feudalism where there were the three levels of society, the ones who prayed (the clergy), the ones who fought (the knights) and the ones who worked (the peasants). The everyday emphasis of man is centred on religion. The 1800's is a period of many debates, debates that was still going on in the Church. There was also a feeling that man has lost its morality and that there was less emphasis on the spiritual nurturing of a person.We also have to picture the many events happening in Europe at that time when borders are constantly changing because of wars between countries. This was also a period when European countries continued to colonise other countries.
We also have to picture the plague and many diseases that influenced the Church and man's thinking. In 1839, Gregory XVI issued an encyclical against the Atlantic slave trade, In supremo apostolatus.He also encouraged the founding of missionaries abroad. His successor is Pope Pius IX who head the Catholic Church from 1846 to 1878. Pope Pius IX convened the First Vatican Council (1869-70) but was cut short by the loss of the Papal States to the Italian military. He defined the dogma of the'Immaculate Conception' of the Blessed Virgin Mary, meaning Mary was conceived without original sin. Pius IX also conferred the title Our Mother of Perpetual Help on a famous Byzantine icon from Crete entrusted to the Redemptorists. The Apparition at Lourdes happened in 1858. This is a period of many visions claimed by people in different parts of the world. Thus, we can see that it seemed that the Church, in joint effort with its followers, decided to come back and renewed and enriched their faith stronger more than ever. These are events and changes that directly influenced our antique rosaries. As a collector, many of the most interesting rosaries are coming from these two periods, the Renaissance and those that followed. We are blessed that we see still these 1800's rosaries circulating around. These treasured items are becoming rare, many of them have suffered damage or lost parts.
Please take the time to examine this antique devotional item. Crucifix: is a handmade, handfiled brass crucifix. As discussed with my other listed rosaries, this type was given many hours to complete.Handfile marks shows on pictures. Bail is part of the cross. Three nails at the back. Size: 3.5 cm x 1.8 cm. Links: are made of double links in bronze. This rosary is in excellent perfect working condition considering its age. I spend many hours checking each and everyone of these links so that hopefully I can pass it on without fault. Many of these links have suffered distortions and stress due to age or lack of care. It is part of my aim to pass them on in perfect working condition so that our future custodians could do so as well. If they kink, a little gentle wriggling will correct the chains. These links are better to be left with its antique patina.
Frequent holding of the rosary with your prayers will revive the colour of the chain but retain its antique patina. Beads: are white opaque opaline beads, the terminology used in the 1800's before it was called milk glass in the 1900's.
They have been made between 1810 and 1890, so for the true collector, this is your chance to have it. They are one of the oldest rosary we can find in the market. Ave beads are round opaline beads at 6mm. Pater beads are about 7.5-8mm. Center Medal: is a puffed heart center medal made of brass.Typical of this period is this hollow medal made by soldering two embossed sheets to form the heart then soldered. Simple in appearance but requires a lot of work. This medal honours the dual role of Mary and Jesus in the plan of salvation of men. (My previous listings have discussed this well). On one side is the Monogram of J for Jesus, the other side depicts the Monogram M for Mary. The pictures seem to show a dent at the lower bail of the heart, it is not a dent or damage, it is the way the medal had been made. Considering its age, this medal has survived very well. Medal: is an antique brass medal about 18mm in length including bail x 13mm. It is a small brass medal but it is beautifully done.
It features the image of Jesus and his Sacred Heart. Marked:'SACRE DE JESUS, AYEZ PITIE DE NOUS' (Sacred Heart of Jesus, Have Mercy On Us). This is also a collectible medal. Reverse side shows an image of the flaming Sacred Heart of Jesus, signifying his love for mankind. Marked:'SACRE DE JESUS, AYEZ PITIE DE NOUS'.
Length: 17 inches or 43 cm. This promo is cancelled when another promo is on.
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The majority of them are a one-off piece and if there are duplicates, it would be in small number. I have now decided to part with and share them to those who would love them as much as I did. The item "Med 1850's Antique White Opaline Milk Glass Beads Rosary-in Brass Puffed Heart" is in sale since Wednesday, November 04, 2015. This item is in the category "Lots More...
The seller is "the_rosarium_collection" and is located in Perth, WA. This item can be shipped worldwide.