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This is the beginning of a new endeavor, I will try to post pictures of rosaries from my personal collection and rosaries that have sold in order to provide information for those who are seeking more information and examples of antique rosaries. Please do not ask if I will sell these rosaries, they are either already sold or a part of my personal collection. I will gladly try to find you something similar if you see a rosary that you would like. Many of these are one of a kind or are simply so rare that very few exist and it may be impossible to find another like it.


Rare Servite or Seven Sorrows Rosary 1800's

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This is a rare Servite, Mater Dolorosa, Seven Sorrows rosary from the 1800's with highly detailed brass medals and 6mm black beads. This rosary came from Germany. Each medal has a detailed depiction of the Seven Sorrows: the prophecy of Simeon at the presentation, the flight to Egypt, the searching for the child Jesus in the Temple, meeting Jesus while he carried the Cross, the Crucifixion, receiving Jesus' body from the cross, and placing Jesus' body in the tomb. On the reverse of each medal is "Mater Dolorosa Ora Por Nobis", Sorrowful Mother, pray for us. There are seven groups of seven beads between the medals. Rosary is 21" long when laid flat. Most antique Servite rosaries have aluminum medals, it is very difficult to find an intact one with brass medals!


Three Antique Bavarian Rosaries

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The word for rosary in German is rosenkranz and refers to any rosary, but you often see the Bavarian ones specifically called Rosenkranz. The history of rosaries is a rather difficult one to research as there is no one place where the information is compiled so I will tell you a little of what I know about these from the research I have done. The two rosaries on the right are the earliest ones, dating to the 1700's and are simple wooden rosaries used by the common man. The crosses are hand made of wood and silver. The cross on the right has a tiny inlay of mother of pearl. Note the Credo Cross above the main cross and how this one is actually in 3 pieces rather than one piece. There is also a tiny medal of the crucifixion attached from a pilgimage that the owner of this rosary took. Some Bavarian rosaries are rich with little medals and trinkets from pilgrimages. Beads are a simple wood with silver caps on the Pater beads. The center rosary is quite interesting. Each wooden bead had been inlaid with mother of pearl. Only a few beads still have the tiny mother of pearl inlay in the shape of a rounded cross, all of the beads have a little depression that had inlay but the centuries have seen the loss of almost all the inlay. This rosary also has 6 decades with a partial seventh rather than the usual 5. It probably had a full seven originally but over the decades the strings break and beads are lost. The last rosary, the one on the left is more recent, dated to the mid to late 1800's. Note the filigree cross with credo cross above. Each bead is a tiny natural coral bead, beautiful Mediterranean coral which is now endangered. Coral has been used throughout history as a protective and healing substance, children were adorned with a tiny coral necklace and given miniature coral rosaries to keep away the evil eye and illness. Adults believed it could help keep a marriage harmonious, give health benefits and keep away evil. Always an expensive substance, coral was usually found in wealthier households. Note the hand engravings in the silver of the cross of the larger cross with the mother of pearl inlay.


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